exploit

noun
ex·​ploit | \ ˈek-ˌsplȯit , ik-ˈsplȯit \

Definition of exploit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deed, act especially : a notable or heroic act

exploit

verb
ex·​ploit | \ ik-ˈsplȯit , ˈek-ˌsplȯit \
exploited; exploiting; exploits

Definition of exploit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from exploit

Verb

exploitability \ ik-​ˌsploi-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
exploitable \ ik-​ˈsplȯi-​tə-​bəl \ adjective
exploiter noun

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Noun

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

Examples of exploit in a Sentence

Noun

the fanciful exploits of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan once famed as an actor, John Wilkes Booth is now remembered for a single exploit, his assassination of Lincoln

Verb

He has never fully exploited his talents. Top athletes are able to exploit their opponents' weaknesses. She said the tragedy had been exploited by the media.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To combat these problems, League of Legends has an anti-cheat team that is composed of analysts, data scientists, and even ex-cheaters who come together to identify ways of deterring, preventing, and detecting exploits. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "League of Legends catches cheaters by making bots fight each other," 24 Oct. 2018 In 2016, the site decided to delete code posted by the Shadow Brokers, a hacking group that obtained exploits linked to the National Security Agency. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "How Will Microsoft Handle GitHub's Controversial Code?," 5 June 2018 However complicated things seem to get for the masters of the universe who populate the world of high finance in real life, there’s very little that can compare to the exploits of hedge fund honcho Bobby Axelrod on the Showtime series Billions. The Editors, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About Season 4 of Billions," 20 Dec. 2018 Swaggering commanders boast of their battlefield exploits and fancy vacations, or rally supporters by sowing division and ethnic hatred. Suliman Ali Zway, The Seattle Times, "In Libya, Facebook is used to buy arms, locate foes and kill them," 3 Sep. 2018 Williams writes in a familiar, dinner-party style, delighting guests with tales of her exploits. Lisa Feldman Barrett, New York Times, "How Elastic Is Your Brain?," 25 June 2018 For now, Sater still talks to the press about his exploits. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 The Phillies, on the other hand, have gone 6-2 in their last eight games and 9-4 in their last 13, spurred by the aforementioned exploits of Odubel Herrera. Michael Beller, SI.com, "The Table Setter: Red Sox-Yankees Returns; Nolan Arenado's Continued Brilliance," 25 June 2018 Germany were undone by Mexico's counter-attacking exploits and a Hirving Lozano strike mid-way through the first-half proved to be the difference. Joe Marcovitch, Pro Soccer USA, "Germany 0-1 Mexico: Reigning champions stunned by magnificent El Tri in World Cup opener," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Modern Markets Initiative, a lobbying group representing fast-trading firms, counters that market structure and regulation don’t allow anyone to profitably exploit, or arbitrage, momentary discrepancies in stock prices. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Brief Price Gaps in Stocks Cost Investors $2 Billion a Year," 14 Feb. 2019 Here, fans exploit all sorts of mechanics to make Link move faster — one common method involves whistling while mashing the sprint button to run infinitely. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Watching a Breath of the Wild speedrunner collect Koroks is mesmerizing," 15 Dec. 2018 But Democrats are exploiting an obscure procedural rule that would allow them to get the vote through by conducting two simple majority votes. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "New Jersey Democrats have a new gerrymandering plan. It is indefensible — and national Democrats need to stop it.," 14 Dec. 2018 Cancer, being a unique amalgam of self and non-self, exploits this checkpoint system, pretending to be part of the body to escape the notice of the immune system. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Cancer Breakthrough That Just Won the Nobel Prize, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Benham’s goal: Use his data analysis skills to exploit inefficiencies in the soccer world, allowing his clubs to compete at a level higher than their financial might indicated. Grant Wahl, SI.com, "The World Cup of Set Pieces: How Teams Are Living Off Dead-Ball Plays," 10 July 2018 And the surplus of vulnerable and compassionate people attracts sadists and abusers ready to exploit them. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Radicals," 13 Dec. 2018 But there’s a huge loophole, and Jones exploited it. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies," 28 July 2018 Alabama exploited him in that area in last year’s playoffs. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Who Are the Defensive Linemen Expected to Dominate the 2019 NFL Draft?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of exploit

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1795, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exploit

Noun

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

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More Definitions for exploit

exploit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of exploit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an exciting act or action

exploit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exploit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

exploit

noun
ex·​ploit | \ ˈek-ˌsplȯit \

Kids Definition of exploit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an exciting or daring act

exploit

verb
ex·​ploit | \ ik-ˈsplȯit \
exploited; exploiting

Kids Definition of exploit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to get the value or use out of exploit an opportunity
2 : to take unfair advantage of He had a reputation for exploiting his workers.

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