What does exploit mean?

Definitions for exploitˈɛk splɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word exploit.

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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. esploit success, OF. esploit, espleit,revenue, product, vigor, force, exploit, F. exploit exploit, fr. L. explicitum, prop. p. p. neut. of explicare to unfold, display, exhibit; ex + plicare to fold. See Ply, and cf. Explicit, Explicate.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exploit

    eks-ploit′, n. a deed or achievement, esp. an heroic one: a feat.—v.t. to work up: to utilise for one's own ends.—adj. Exploit′able.—ns. Exploit′age, Exploitā′tion, the act of successfully applying industry to any object, as the working of mines, &c.: the act of using for selfish purposes. [O. Fr. exploit—L. explicitum, ended.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exploit in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exploit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. B. J. Gupta:

    Exploit or get exploited.

  2. H. G. Wells:

    Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.

  3. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu:

    Let's solve this issue, in order to exploit our energy resources and connect possible natural gas resources with Greece through Turkey.

  4. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Remember that animals are born to live their own lives, not to serve you! Do not use them; do not exploit them. Let them live their own lives.

  5. Sergio Alcocer:

    We three countries are the owners of the Gulf of Mexico, and the key thing is to reach an agreement and establish the rules under which we can exploit these resources in a sustainable way.

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