/ ɪkˈspəʊʒə(r); NAmE -ˈspoʊ-/ noun
TO STH HARMFUL
[ U ] exposure (to sth) the state of being in a place or situation where there is no protection from sth harmful or unpleasant :
prolonged exposure to harmful radiation
( finance )
the company's exposure on the foreign exchange markets (= to the risk of making financial losses)
[ U ] the state of having the true facts about sb/sth told after they have been hidden because they are bad, immoral or illegal :
exposure as a liar and a fraud
the exposure of illegal currency deals
ON TV / IN NEWSPAPERS, etc.
[ U ] the fact of being discussed or mentioned on television, in newspapers, etc.
SYN publicity :
Her new movie has had a lot of exposure in the media.
[ U ] a medical condition caused by being out in very cold weather for too long without protection :
Two climbers were brought in suffering from exposure.
FILM IN CAMERA
[ C ] a length of film in a camera that is used to take a photograph :
There are three exposures left on this roll of film.
[ C ] the length of time for which light is allowed to reach the film when taking a photograph :
I used a long exposure for this one.
SHOWING STH HIDDEN
[ U ] the act of showing sth that is usually hidden
—see also indecent exposure
early 17th cent.: from expose , on the pattern of words such as enclosure .