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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•ploitˈɛk splɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪt(n.)

  1. a striking or notable deed; feat.

Origin of exploit:

1350–1400; ME exploit, espleit < OF exploit, AF espleit < L explicitum, neut. of explicitus (ptp.). See explicit


  1. to utilize, esp. for profit; turn to practical account:

    to exploit a business opportunity.

  2. to take advantage of; promote.

  3. to use selfishly for one's own ends.

Origin of exploit:

1400–50; expleiten, esploiten to expedite, complete < AF espleiter, der. of espleit (n.). See exploit1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. feat, effort, exploit(verb)

    a notable achievement

    "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort"

  2. exploit, work(verb)

    use or manipulate to one's advantage

    "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"

  3. exploit, tap(verb)

    draw from; make good use of

    "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

  4. overwork, exploit(verb)

    work excessively hard

    "he is exploiting the students"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. exploit(verb)ɪkˈsplɔɪt

    to use a person or situation only to gain advantage for yourself

    a company accused of exploiting its employees; politicians who exploit the public's fears

  2. exploitɪkˈsplɔɪt

    to use sth to the fullest degree possible

    We're exploiting the new technology to develop the best products on the market.; the exploitation of low-paid workers; the exploitation of natural resources


  1. exploit(Noun)

    A heroic or extraordinary deed.

  2. exploit(Noun)

    A program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software.

  3. exploit(Verb)

    To use for oneu2019s own advantage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exploit(noun)

    a deed or act; especially, a heroic act; a deed of renown; an adventurous or noble achievement; as, the exploits of Alexander the Great

  2. Exploit(noun)

    combat; war

  3. Exploit(noun)

    to utilize; to make available; to get the value or usefulness out of; as, to exploit a mine or agricultural lands; to exploit public opinion

  4. Exploit(noun)

    hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate on; to put upon


  1. Exploit

    An exploit is a piece of software, a chunk of data, or sequence of commands that takes advantage of a bug, glitch or vulnerability in order to cause unintended or unanticipated behaviour to occur on computer software, hardware, or something electronic. Such behavior frequently includes such things as gaining control of a computer system or allowing privilege escalation or a denial-of-service attack.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. exploit

    [originally cracker slang] 1. A vulnerability in software that can be used for breaking security or otherwise attacking an Internet host over the network. The Ping O' Death is a famous exploit. 2. More grammatically, a program that exploits an exploit in sense 1.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'exploit' in Verbs Frequency: #632

Translations for exploit

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make good or advantageous use of

to exploit the country's natural resources.

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