exploit


1ex·ploit

noun \ˈek-ˌsplit, ik-ˈ\

: an exciting act or action

Full Definition of EXPLOIT

:  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

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2ex·ploit

verb \ik-ˈsplit, ˈek-ˌ\

: to get value or use from (something)

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

Full Definition of EXPLOIT

transitive verb
1
:  to make productive use of :  utilize <exploiting your talents> <exploit your opponent's weakness>
2
:  to make use of meanly or unfairly for one's own advantage <exploiting migrant farm workers>
ex·ploit·abil·i·ty \ik-ˌsploi-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
ex·ploit·able \-ˈspli-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.

First Known Use of EXPLOIT

1838

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