exposure Definition

  • 1the state of being in contact with something, especially something harmful or unpleasant
  • 2the revelation of something secret or private
  • 3the publicizing of a product, organization, or venture

Using exposure: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "exposure" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Long-term exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer.

  • Example

    The scandal led to the exposure of corruption within the company.

  • Example

    The artist's work gained exposure through social media.

  • Example

    The photographer's latest exhibition received a lot of exposure in the press.

exposure Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using exposure

  • have/get/expose oneself to exposure

    put oneself in a vulnerable or risky position


    If you don't wear sunscreen, you're exposing yourself to exposure to harmful UV rays.

  • give someone/something exposure

    provide someone or something with publicity or attention


    The magazine article gave the band much-needed exposure.

  • insufficient exposure to light, resulting in a dark or underdeveloped image


    The photo was ruined by underexposure.

Phrases with exposure

  • a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy that involves gradually exposing a person to a feared object or situation until the fear subsides


    Exposure therapy is often used to treat anxiety disorders.

  • excessive exposure to something, especially to the point of causing harm or negative consequences


    The athlete's overexposure to the sun resulted in severe sunburn.

  • a feature on cameras that allows the user to adjust the exposure value to compensate for lighting conditions


    I had to use exposure compensation to get the right lighting for my photo.

Origins of exposure

from Old French 'exposer', meaning 'to set forth'


Summary: exposure in Brief

The term 'exposure' [ɪkˈspəʊʒə] refers to contact with something harmful or unpleasant, the revelation of something secret, or the publicizing of a product or venture. It includes phrases like 'exposure therapy,' which treats anxiety disorders, and idioms like 'give someone exposure,' which means to provide publicity. Examples include 'Long-term exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer,' and 'The artist's work gained exposure through social media.'

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