- 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 exploited
He exploited a physique that most would try desperately to diminish.
Maybe--but he exploited his profile as effectively as any pinup.
Better than anyone though, Murdoch saw and exploited the emotional needs satisfied by the pursuit of celebrity.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine
August 25, 2014
Superman is America in that he was created by hard-working, exploited immigrants.Superman Is Jewish: The Hebrew Roots of America's Greatest Superhero
August 16, 2014
Natural gas has been exploited in the province since the 1970s, initially by a Soviet energy project.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
They exploited but a small area, and with smaller success than either had anticipated.Dreamers of the Ghetto
He had specimens of Lasius niger who exploited a flock of Coleoptera.The Industries of Animals
Not one half of the businesses which should be exploited are appearing in the newspapers.The Clock that Had no Hands
Is it his statement of the extent to which labor is exploited, or the fact of the exploitation?Socialism
Our gift of love may not be accepted, may not be appreciated, and may even be exploited.Herein is Love
Reuel L. Howe
- 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 exploited
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.