• (RP) IPA: /ɪkˈspəʊz/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪkˈspoʊz/, /ɛkˈspoʊz/

expose (exposes, present participle exposing; past and past participle exposed)

  1. (transitive) To reveal, uncover, make visible, bring to light, introduce to.
  2. (transitive) To subject photographic film to light thereby recording an image.
  3. (transitive) To abandon, especially an unwanted baby in the wilderness.
    • 1893, Fridtjof Nansen, Eskimo Life, page 152:
      This they do, as a rule, by exposing the child or throwing it into the sea.
  4. To submit to an active (mostly dangerous) substance like an allergen, ozone, nicotine, solvent, or to any other stress, in order to test the reaction, resistance, etc.
  5. (computing, transitive) To make available to other parts of a program, or to other programs.
    • 2000, Robert C. Martin, More C++ Gems (page 266)
      In the OO world, the word is to hide the structure of the data, and expose only functionality. OO designers expose an object to the world in terms of the services it provides.
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