exploit

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

Definition of exploit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: deed, act especially : a notable or heroic act

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 exploitability (audio) \ noun
exploitable \ ik-​ˈsplȯi-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce exploitable (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

According to Deadline, the other two shorts will fill in the backstory of Discovery's Klepian first officer (and possibly the show's best character) Saru, as well as the exploits of another fan favorite, Sylvia Tilly. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Everything We Know So Far About 'Star Trek: Discovery' Season 2," 5 Sep. 2018 Race 3, which like its two predecessors playing fast and loose with back story, tracks the exploits of an extended family of loveable arms dealers. Lisa Tsering, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Race 3': Film Review," 18 June 2018 That includes the sides of skyscrapers, which broadcast the exploits of Montag and his crew as a kind of pyromaniacal propaganda reality show. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Has Fire and Fury but Sheds Little Light," 16 May 2018 The program, called Shorewood Eleven: An Evening of Music and Theater with Shorewood High School, will evoke the exploits of the Traveling Symphony. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Author Emily St. John Mandel will cap off Shorewood's community reading initiative," 30 Mar. 2018 His other purported exploits included US institutions like UCLA, where a pwned university IT person eventually became his pen pal. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "The adventures of lab ED011—“Nobody would be able to duplicate what happened there”," 27 Aug. 2018 Cernan's exploits as a U.S. Navy pilot and a NASA astronaut are chronicled in his 1999 memoir, The Last Man on the Moon, as well as in the 2016 documentary of the same name. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Last Astronaut to Walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, Dies at 82," 16 Jan. 2017 Meanwhile Spurs face off against Leicester City in their last league game at Wembley on Sunday, seeing Harry Kane require a hat-trick in order to equal Liverpool's Mohamed Salah's goal scoring exploits for the season. SI.com, "Harry Kane Believes Champions League Football in Spurs' New Stadium Will Keep Stars at the Club," 11 May 2018 Co-written with his brother, Carlos Cuarón,Sólo con Tu Pareja, follows the exploits of Tomás Tomás, a lothario who is eventually taught a lesson by an ex-lover. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roma Director Alfonso Cuarón? You've Definitely Seen His Incredible Movies," 23 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Vols fully exploited their defensive shortcomings. Joe Kay, The Seattle Times, "Tennessee blows 25-point lead, beats Iowa 83-77 in OT," 25 Mar. 2019 Even if such an attack were successful, Assault Breaker II would prevent enemy forces from exploiting the attack, destroying them and in turn holding the enemy at risk from U.S. reinforcements. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Reviving Cold War “Assault Breaker” Concept to Thwart China, Russia," 4 Mar. 2019 If Trump has exploited that failing, then others probably have as well. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is," 20 Dec. 2018 But none have exploited their positioning so successfully. Afshin Molavi, CNN, "Is Dubai a model for economic diversification in the Persian Gulf?," 4 June 2018 Hackers have been exploiting a vulnerability in DLink modem routers to send people to a fake banking website that attempts to steal their login credentials, a security researcher said Friday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-the-wild router exploit sends unwitting users to fake banking site," 10 Aug. 2018 But how did athletics become the weak point that could be exploited so effectively by scammers? Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "College Admissions Has a Fact-Checking Problem. Here's Why.," 24 Mar. 2019 This compelling story of the rise and fall of a charismatic populist and the reporter who covers him, provides a timely insight into both the political process and how the flaws in human nature can be exploited. Steve Israel, chicagotribune.com, "What's the greatest book about politics? Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and others weigh in.," 12 July 2018 Many petitioners understand this, know how to exploit our system, and are able to enter the U.S., avoid removal, and remain in the country. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "Trump administration activates new asylum crackdown; potentially valid claims could be denied," 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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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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