- a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act: the exploits of Alexander the Great.
Origin of exploit1
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- to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity.
- to use selfishly for one's own ends: employers who exploit their workers.
- to advance or further through exploitation; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.
- a flaw in hardware or software that is vulnerable to hacking or other cyberattacks.
- a piece of software that takes advantage of such a flaw to compromise a computer system or network.
- (in a video game) the use of a bug or flaw in game design to a player’s advantage or to the disadvantage of other players.
Origin of exploit2
Examples from the Web for exploit
However, it appears it is this very open nature that the Lizard Squad is attempting to exploit.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
Ares said there are instances where savvy gankers manage to exploit loopholes.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
That makes devices more readily available to those who want to figure out vulnerabilities to exploit.How Your Pacemaker Will Get Hacked
Kaiser Health News
November 17, 2014
How unique is our knowledge of this,” he said, “or our ability to exploit this compared to others?How Obama Endangered Us All With Stuxnet
November 13, 2014
Is it worse to exploit the soldiers or to let them exploit you?Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
England accomplished her purpose in part, but greatly suffered for her exploit.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He was pretty sure Tom had had no share in the exploit; but he did not know about Charley.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Aunt Jamsiah had been all wrong in her anger at that exploit which had stirred the village.Pee-wee Harris
Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I think Baron von Konigstein was your partner in the exploit?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He had been taken prisoner when engaged in some exploit which was contrary to the usages of war.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
- a notable deed or feat, esp one that is noble or heroic
- to take advantage of (a person, situation, etc), esp unethically or unjustly for one's own ends
- to make the best use ofto exploit natural resources
Word Origin and History for exploit
late 14c., "outcome of an action," from Old French esploit (12c.), a very common word, used in senses of "action, deed, profit, achievement," from Latin explicitum "a thing settled, ended, displayed," neuter of explicitus, past participle of explicare "unfold" (see explicit).
Meaning "feat, achievement" is c.1400. Sense evolution is from "unfolding" to "bringing out" to "having advantage" to "achievement." Related: Exploits.
c.1400 espleiten, esploiten "to accomplish, achieve, fulfill," from Old French esploitier, espleiter, from esploit (see exploit (n.)).
The sense of "use selfishly" first recorded 1838, from French, perhaps extended from use of the word with reference to mines, etc. (cf. exploitation). Related: Exploited; exploiting. As an adjective form, exploitative (1882) is from French; exploitive (by 1859) appears to be a native formation.