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exploit

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

Definition of exploit

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of exploit

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


First Known Use: 15th century

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

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

Definition of exploit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make productive use of :  utilize exploiting your talents exploit your opponent's weakness

  3. 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

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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.

1795

First Known Use of exploit

1795


EXPLOIT Defined for English Language Learners

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exploit

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

Definition of exploit for English Language Learners

  • : an exciting act or action


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exploit

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

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

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noun ex·ploit \ˈek-ˌsplȯit\

Definition of exploit for Students

  1. :  an exciting or daring act


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exploit

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verb ex·ploit \ik-ˈsplȯit\

Definition of exploit for Students

exploited

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exploiting

  1. 1 :  to get the value or use out of exploit an opportunity

  2. 2 :  to take unfair advantage of He had a reputation for exploiting his workers.



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