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

The 1988 entry comprised seven segments chronicling the exploits of the NFL’s most feared players. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 65, Ed O’Bradovich," 3 July 2019 The automaker has made 80,000 cars in its lifetime, with several appearing in action thrillers featuring the exploits of the fictional MI6 secret agent James Bond, 007. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Aston Martin’s high rise in Miami will be the tallest residential building south of New York," 28 June 2019 And Meghan’s American nationality, and the fact that her son is eligible to have a U.S. passport, has only further engaged a country where so many keenly follow the exploits of British royalty. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle Is Making the Role of Duchess Her Own," 19 May 2019 Thag stops hunting, content to relax in the cave and relive the exploits of his successful kill. William Von Hippel, Discover Magazine, "Why Natural Selection Means We'll Never Be Happy," 20 Feb. 2019 In the 1920s, the South Boston Ladies SC competed at Columbus Park, though there is little documentation of the team’s exploits, according to Richard Johnson, curator of the New England Sports Museum. Frank Dell’apa, BostonGlobe.com, "DaMarcus Beasley: Revolution’s Bruce Arena ‘one of the best coaches, period’," 2 July 2019 Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Madison Bumgarner earned the adoration of a fan base through their postseason exploits, but to reach the playoffs, all three needed to excel in the regular season, too. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Bumgarner’s possible last acts with Giants highlight his special run with franchise," 26 June 2019 In 2009, Italian digital entrepreneur Chiara Ferragni started The Blonde Salad, a blog that was essentially a visual potpourri of her fashion choices and travel exploits. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Chiara Ferragni Tells Us How She Gets the 'Blonde' in The Blonde Salad," 12 June 2019 Published in 1979, the book was an epic account of the idea of American heroism, viewed through the exploits of military test pilots and astronauts. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Tom Wolfe, apostle of ‘New Journalism’ who captured extravagance of his times, dies at 88," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many in the entertainment industry feel the photograph exploited terrorist iconography that should never be invoked against a president. Los Angeles Times, "Kathy Griffin fell from the D-list to the S-list. She’s clawing her way back," 18 July 2019 Barack Obama, too, failed to take serious action against Silicon Valley as monopolies grabbed hold of the digital world and exploited their users’ personal data to make a fortune. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "The Truth About Trump’s Love-Hate Relationship With Big Tech," 18 July 2019 Amazon became the target of an antitrust investigation by the European Union on Wednesday over its use of merchants’ data, underlining the increasing regulatory scrutiny about how tech companies exploit customers’ information. Foo Yun Chee, The Mercury News, "Europe opens antitrust probe into Amazon," 17 July 2019 But based on years of watching gorillas gather in food-rich forest clearings, a team of scientists has concluded the apes have hierarchical societies similar to those of humans, perhaps to help them exploit rich troves of food. Virginia Morell, Science | AAAS, "Gorillas have developed humanlike social structure, controversial study suggests," 17 July 2019 This past week — and Trump’s tweets on Sunday — are reminders that the president has chosen to divide and exploit rather than lead. Timothy L. O'brien, The Denver Post, "O’Brien: Trump’s “go back” tweets leave no room for doubt," 15 July 2019 Arthur Masuaku and Fabian Balbuena have been granted further time off after their AFCON and Copa America exploits, but Winston Reid is among the touring party after finally recovering from long-term injury. SI.com, "Man City vs West Ham Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 15 July 2019 The domestic workers’ campaign is part of a broader effort to mobilize an isolated workforce that is often overlooked and exploited under the law. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Kamala Harris just introduced a bill to give housekeepers overtime pay and meal breaks," 15 July 2019 In wider herp circles, talk was of Burmese python exploits the likes of which had never been seen. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019

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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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