exploit

noun
ex·​ploit | \ ˈek-ˌsplȯit How to pronounce exploit (audio) , ik-ˈsplȯit How to pronounce exploit (audio) \
plural exploits

Definition of exploit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deed, act especially : a notable, memorable, or heroic act a daring exploit a book about his youthful exploits I took out the list of Professor Challenger's exploits, and I read it over under the electric lamp. — Arthur Conan Doyle About midnight the gang returned, with various articles of plunder, and talked over their exploits— Sir Walter Scott It used to be rare for C.I.A. employees to recount their exploits, or grievances, in print. — Alex Berenson

exploit

verb
ex·​ploit | \ ik-ˈsplȯit How to pronounce exploit (audio) , ˈek-ˌsplȯit How to pronounce exploit (audio) \
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 How to pronounce exploit (audio) \ noun
exploitable \ ik-​ˈsplȯi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce exploit (audio) \ 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 As in the SolarWinds campaign, the exploit of the USAID marketing email was first publicized by private sector actors. Frank Bajak, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Thus far the hackers have only been seen abusing the flaw to take screenshots, but the same exploit could be abused to pilfer files, record audio over the microphone or take images via the Mac’s camera, Jamf said. Thomas Brewster, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Further to that, Apple notes reports of the exploit being actively used. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 4 May 2021 But that touched off a race between those responsible for patching the systems and a raft of new attackers — including multiple other Chinese hacking groups, according to Microsoft — who started using the same exploit this week. New York Times, 7 Mar. 2021 At the same time, the fallout from the hack doesn’t compare to the release of tools like the NSA’s Eternal Blue tool, which a mysterious group called the Shadow Brokers leaked in 2017, or the breach of exploit broker Hacking Team in 2015. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 8 Dec. 2020 Below is the YouTube video demonstrating how the exploit works. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 14 Oct. 2020 Using the flaw Dowd found, Wang created an exploit that enabled initial access to the phone - a foot in the door. Author: Ellen Nakashima, Reed Albergotti, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Apr. 2021 Working exploit code became publicly available eight days after Oracle issued the patch. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Actor and journalist Rondo Hatton was delightful in a movie that tried to exploit him. Courtney Enlow, Vulture, 3 June 2021 The rules, and efforts to exploit them, created this problem. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 20 May 2021 Attackers aware of the issue might still attempt to exploit it. Chris Smith, BGR, 7 May 2021 Nixon, a fervent anti-communist, sought to exploit a growing rift between China and the Soviet Union. Jeffrey Fields, The Conversation, 3 Mar. 2021 For decades, Ethiopia has sought to exploit its abundance of hydrocarbon resources, estimated to be as much as 8 trillion cubic liters in crude oil reserves, largely located in the country’s east. Zecharias Zelalem, Quartz Africa, 22 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Cuadras’ attorney, Mandeep Sidhu, sought to exploit the prosecution strategy, telling jurors that Alexander killed Shreves while his client sought to intervene. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, 4 Nov. 2020 The involvement of Jared’s sister Nicole Kushner Meyer adds to questions about whether the family sought to exploit its political influence. Heather Vogell, ProPublica, 1 Oct. 2020 The department’s approach includes expanding an analytic focus to review how extremists exploit social media and other online platforms, and the link between online activities and real-world violence, Mayorkas said. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021

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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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The first known use of exploit was in the 15th century

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“Exploit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploit. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce exploit (audio) \

Kids Definition of exploit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an exciting or daring act

exploit

verb
ex·​ploit | \ ik-ˈsplȯit How to pronounce exploit (audio) \
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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