If you place someone or something in an environment that causes them to experience something, you can call this exposure. Exposure to sun and rain will cause wood to turn gray. In school, you will be given exposure to the basic principles of math, science and language.

The exposure of film to light results in a photograph. Sometimes, exposure is used without explicitly saying what something or someone was exposed to. It is simply implied. When a celebrity is given lots of exposure, it is well-known that the media is involved. If you die of exposure, it’s understood that the harsh elements of the weather was meant. And if your house has a southern exposure, you know that this is the side where the sun shines.

Definitions of exposure
  1. noun

    the state of being vulnerable or exposed

    exposure to ridicule”
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    the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury

  2. noun

    vulnerability to the elements; to the action of heat or cold or wind or rain

    exposure to the weather” or “they died from exposure”
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    wind exposure, windage

    exposure to the wind (as the exposed part of a vessel’s hull which is responsible for wind resistance)
    solarisation, solarization

    exposure to the rays of the sun
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    susceptibility to injury or attack

  3. noun

    abandoning without shelter or protection (as by leaving as infant out in the open)

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    abandonment, desertion, forsaking

    the act of giving something up

  4. noun

    the act of subjecting someone to an influencing experience

    “she denounced the
    exposure of children to pornography”
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    the act of exposing someone excessively to an influencing experience

    inadequate publicity
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    causing something without any direct or apparent effort

  5. noun

    presentation to view in an open or public manner

    exposure of his anger was shocking”
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    debunking, repudiation

    the exposure of falseness or pretensions
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    demonstration, presentation, presentment

    a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

  6. noun

    the disclosure of something secret

    “they feared
    exposure of their campaign plans”
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    expose, unmasking

    the exposure of an impostor or a fraud

    the exposure of scandal (especially about public figures)
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    disclosure, revealing, revelation

    the speech act of making something evident

  7. noun

    the act of exposing film to light

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    the act of exposing film to too much light or for too long a time

    the act of exposing film to too little light or for too short a time
    time exposure

    exposure of a film for a relatively long time (more than half a second)
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    photography, picture taking

    the act of taking and printing photographs

  8. noun

    the intensity of light falling on a photographic film or plate

    “he used the wrong
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    light unit

    a measure of the visible electromagnetic radiation

  9. noun

    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

    photo, photograph, pic, picture
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    a photograph of a muscular man in minimal attire
    black and white, monochrome

    a black-and-white photograph or slide

    photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.

    a photograph of an attractive woman in minimal attire

    a photograph taken at close range

    a photograph made by an early photographic process; the image was produced on a silver plate sensitized to iodine and developed in mercury vapor
    blowup, enlargement, magnification

    a photographic print that has been enlarged

    a single one of a series of still transparent pictures forming a cinema, television or video film

    a photograph that is printed on smooth shiny paper

    a photograph of a person’s head
    hologram, holograph

    the intermediate photograph (or photographic record) that contains information for reproducing a three-dimensional image by holography

    a photograph taken from a distance

    photograph reduced to the size of a dot (usually for purposes of security)
    arial mosaic, mosaic, photomosaic

    arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
    mug shot, mugshot

    a photograph of someone’s face (especially one made for police records)

    a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
    photographic print, print

    a printed picture produced from a photographic negative

    a photograph taken with the help of a microscope
    radiogram, radiograph, shadowgraph, skiagram, skiagraph

    a photographic image produced on a radiosensitive surface by radiation other than visible light (especially by X-rays or gamma rays)
    shot, snap, snapshot

    an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    spectrogram, spectrograph

    a photographic record of a spectrum
    stereo, stereoscopic photograph, stereoscopic picture

    two photographs taken from slightly different angles that appear three-dimensional when viewed together

    a static photograph (especially one taken from a movie and used for advertising purposes)
    telephoto, telephotograph

    a photograph made with a telephoto lens

    a photograph transmitted and reproduced over a distance
    time exposure

    a photograph produced with a relatively long exposure time

    a photograph whose edges shade off gradually
    wedding picture

    photographs of bride and groom and their friends taken at their wedding
    scene, shot

    a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film

    moving or still pictures in contrasting colors that appear three-dimensional when superimposed

    a radiogram produced by radiation emitted by the specimen being photographed

    a photograph from which the background has been cut away

    a photocopy made on a Photostat machine

    a trial photographic print from a negative
    radiophoto, radiophotograph

    a photograph transmitted by radio waves
    X ray, X-ray, X-ray photograph, X-ray picture, roentgenogram

    a radiogram made by exposing photographic film to X rays; used in medical diagnosis
    visible speech

    spectrogram of speech; speech displayed spectrographically

    a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
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    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

  10. noun

    aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces

    “the studio had a northern
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    aspect, panorama, prospect, scene, view, vista

    the visual percept of a region

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