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exploit

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noun ex·ploit \ˈek-ˌsplȯit, ik-ˈ\

Simple Definition of exploit

  • : an exciting act or action

Full Definition of exploit

  1. :  deed, act; especially :  a notable or heroic act

Examples of exploit

  1. <the fanciful exploits of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan>

  2. <once famed as an actor, John Wilkes Booth is now remembered for a single exploit, his assassination of Lincoln>



Origin of exploit

Middle English espleit, expleit, exploit furtherance, outcome, from Anglo-French, from Latin explicitum, neuter of explicitus, past participle


First Known Use: circa 1538

Synonym Discussion of exploit

feat, exploit, achievement mean a remarkable deed. feat implies strength or dexterity or daring <an acrobatic feat>. exploit suggests an adventurous or heroic act <his exploits as a spy>. achievement implies hard-won success in the face of difficulty or opposition <her achievements as a chemist>.

Rhymes with exploit


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exploit

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verb ex·ploit \ik-ˈsplȯit, ˈek-ˌ\

Simple Definition of exploit

  • : to get value or use from (something)

  • : to use (someone or something) in a way that helps you unfairly

Full Definition of exploit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make productive use of :  utilize <exploiting your talents> <exploit your opponent's weakness>

  3. 2 :  to make use of meanly or unfairly for one's own advantage <exploiting migrant farm workers>

ex·ploit·abil·i·ty play \ik-ˌsploi-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ex·ploit·able play \-ˈsplȯi-tə-bəl\ adjective
ex·ploit·er noun

Examples of exploit

  1. He has never fully exploited his talents.

  2. Top athletes are able to exploit their opponents' weaknesses.

  3. She said the tragedy had been exploited by the media.



1838

First Known Use of exploit

1838


EXPLOIT Defined for Kids

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exploit

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noun ex·ploit \ˈek-ˌsplȯit\

Definition of exploit

  1. :  an exciting or daring act




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exploit

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verb ex·ploit \ik-ˈsplȯit\

Definition of exploit

ex·ploit·edex·ploit·ing

  1. 1 :  to get the value or use out of <exploit an opportunity>

  2. 2 :  to take unfair advantage of <He had a reputation for exploiting his workers.>





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