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exploit

noun ex·ploit \ ˈek-ˌsplȯit , ik-ˈsplȯit \
Updated on: 17 Dec 2017

Definition of exploit

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

Examples of exploit in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of exploit

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

exploit Synonyms

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

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exploit

verb ex·ploit \ ik-ˈsplȯit , ˈek-ˌsplȯit \

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

exploitability

play \ik-ˌsploi-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

exploitable

play \ik-ˈsplȯi-tə-bəl\ adjective

exploiter

noun

Examples of exploit in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of exploit from the Web

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First Known Use of exploit

1795

exploit Synonyms

Synonyms
abuse, capitalize (on), cash in (on), impose (on or upon), leverage, milk, pimp, play (on or upon), use, work, trade on, walk on
Related Words
jerk around, manipulate, mistreat; bleed, cheat, fleece, overcharge, skin, soak, stick; commercialize, commodify
Near Antonyms
ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse

EXPLOIT Defined for English Language Learners

exploit

noun

Definition of exploit for English Language Learners

  • : an exciting act or action


exploit

verb

Definition of exploit for English Language Learners

  • : to get value or use from (something)

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


EXPLOIT Defined for Kids

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exploit

noun ex·ploit \ ˈek-ˌsplȯit \

Definition of exploit for Students

: an exciting or daring act

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exploit

verb ex·ploit \ ik-ˈsplȯit \

Definition of exploit for Students

exploited; exploiting
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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