What does exploit mean?

Definitions for exploit
ˈɛk splɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪtex·ploit

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word exploit.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. feat, effort, exploitverb

    a notable achievement

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

  2. exploit, workverb

    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, tapverb

    draw from; make good use of

    "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

  4. overwork, exploitverb

    work excessively hard

    "he is exploiting the students"


  1. exploitnoun

    A heroic or extraordinary deed.

  2. exploitnoun

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

  3. exploitverb

    To use for one's own advantage.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. EXPLOITnoun

    A design accomplished; an atchievement; a successful attempt.

    Etymology: expletum, Latin, res expleta.

    Know’st thou not any whom corrupting gold
    Would tempt into a close exploit of death? William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Flight cannot stain the honour you have won;
    But mine it will, that no exploit have done. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    How shall I relate
    To human sense th’ invisible exploits
    Of warring spirits? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. v.

    He breaks fierce Hannibal’s insulting heats;
    Of which exploit thus our friend Ennius treats. John Denham.

    Will you thus dishonour
    Your past exploits, and fully all your wars? Joseph Addison, Cato.

  2. To Exploitverb

    To perform; to atchieve.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He exploited great matters in his own person in Gallia, and by his son in Spain. William Camden, Remains.


  1. Exploit

    Exploit means to take advantage of something (a person, situation, etc.) for one's own end, especially unethically or unjustifiably.


  1. exploit

    Exploit is a noun referring to a bold or daring action or achievement, often involving courage, skill or innovation. As a verb, it means to make full use of, take advantage of or benefit from a resource or situation, often in an unfair or unethical way. It can also refer to using someone unfairly for personal advantage. In the context of cybersecurity, an exploit is a software tool designed to take advantage of a flaw in a computer system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exploitnoun

    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. Exploitnoun

    combat; war

  3. Exploitnoun

    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. Exploitnoun

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

  5. Etymology: [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.

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of exploit in a Sentence

  1. B. J. Gupta:

    Exploit or get exploited.

  2. Aldous Huxley:

    Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process.

  3. Jody Thomas:

    China has a voracious appetite and will stop at nothing to feed itself, and the Arctic is one of the last domains and regions left, and we have to understand it and exploit it — and more quickly than they can exploit it, nobody would invest the kind of money inbuilding up the military capacity in the Arcticwithout reason, intent or purpose.

  4. Lori Chavez-DeRemer:

    What you're seeing is the drug cartels, and how powerful they really are and how this administration isn't addressing that. We talk about why [migrants] are coming to America — we're talking about money, and we're talking about drugs, and we're talking about how they can exploit Latinos from Mexico, but also exploit the American population, so when I talk about Oregon… what we have to address is the fentanyl crisis. Because of this open border, these failed policies, it allows for that drug crisis and drug cartels to traffic right up into Oregon and our fentanyl crisis is higher than the national average in deaths.

  5. H. G. Wells:

    Fools make researches and wise men exploit them.

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