What does exploit mean?

Definitions for exploit
ˈɛk splɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪtex·ploit

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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.

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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    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. Pulse Secure:

    The Pulse Connect Secure( PCS) team is in contact with a limited number of customers who have experienced evidence of exploit behavior on their PCS appliances, the PCS team has provided remediation guidance to these customers directly.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Only when you go beyond Mind, will you be able to respect the energy that inhabits us; until then you will either exploit others with your energy or will deplete your energy, leading a purposeless life!”

  3. Ken Mahoney:

    These individuals are more prone to act out of character, and as crimes move away from physical acts, it is the unknown cybercrime we should be watching out for, criminals are always looking for ways to exploit individuals and businesses, so it is expected to see new scamming initiatives or price-fixing on new products. This isnt the first major pandemic we have lived through, but the effect and scope of the spread are unprecedented.

  4. Archibald MacLeish:

    The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed. There are few manifestations any longer of the old American self-assurance which so irritated Dickens. Instead, there is a sense of frustration so perceptible that even our politicians have attempted to exploit it.

  5. Michael Bars:

    Asylum and credible fear claims have skyrocketed across the board in recent years largely because individuals know they can exploit a broken system to enter the Michael Bars, Michael Bars, and remain in the country. This exacerbates delays and undermines those with legitimate claims, uSCIS is carefully reviewing proposed changes to asylum and credible fear processing whereby every legal means is being considered to protect the integrity of our immigration system from fraudulent claims.

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