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exploit

verb

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1 to take unfair advantage of
  • the type of person who exploits a friend's good nature by constantly sponging off of him

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2 to control or take advantage of by artful, unfair, or insidious means
  • a politician more than willing to exploit any national tragedy for political gain

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3 to put into action or service
  • it will be a shame if you don't exploit your artistic talent to the fullest

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exploit

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of exploit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 an act of notable skill, strength, or cleverness
  • the fanciful exploits of the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan

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2 something done by someone
  • once famed as an actor, John Wilkes Booth is now remembered for a single exploit, his assassination of Lincoln

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3 an exciting or noteworthy event that one experiences firsthand
  • a memoir recounting three decades of exploits as a roving foreign correspondent for TV news

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How does the noun exploit differ from other similar words?

The words achievement and feat are common synonyms of exploit. While all three words mean "a remarkable deed," exploit suggests an adventurous or heroic act.

his exploits as a spy

When could achievement be used to replace exploit?

In some situations, the words achievement and exploit are roughly equivalent. However, achievement implies hard-won success in the face of difficulty or opposition.

her achievements as a chemist

When is it sensible to use feat instead of exploit?

The words feat and exploit are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, feat implies strength or dexterity or daring.

an acrobatic feat

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

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“Exploit.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/exploit. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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