[ ek-sploit, ik-sploit ]
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  1. a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act: the exploits of Alexander the Great.

Origin of exploit

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English exploit, espleit, from Old French exploit, Anglo-French espleit, from Latin explicitum, neuter of explicitus “unfolded, set forth,” variant past participle of explicāre “to unfold, unroll, smooth, reveal”; see explicate

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[ verb ik-sploit; noun eks-ploit, ik-sploit ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to utilize, especially for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity.

  2. to use selfishly for one's own ends: employers who exploit their workers.

  1. to advance or further through exploitation; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.

nounDigital Technology.
    • 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.

  1. (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 exploit

First recorded in 1300–50; from French exploiter, derivative of exploit (noun); replacing late Middle English expleiten “to achieve,” from Anglo-French, Middle French espleiter, espleitier, derivative of espleit, esploit, expleit, exploit (noun), from Latin explicitum “matter settled, displayed,” noun use of explicitus “unfolded, revealed,” variant past participle of explicāre; see exploit1

Other words from exploit

  • ex·ploit·a·ble, adjective
  • ex·ploit·a·bil·i·ty [ik-sploi-tuh-bil-i-tee], /ɪkˌsplɔɪ təˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
  • ex·ploit·a·tive, ex·ploit·a·to·ry [ik-sploi-tuh-tawr-ee], /ɪkˈsplɔɪ təˌtɔr i/, ex·ploit·ive, adjective
  • ex·ploit·er, noun
  • non·ex·ploit·a·ble, adjective
  • non·ex·ploit·a·tive, adjective
  • non·ex·ploi·tive, adjective
  • un·ex·ploit·a·ble, adjective
  • un·ex·ploit·a·tive, adjective
  • un·ex·ploit·ive, adjective

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How to use exploit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exploit


  1. a notable deed or feat, esp one that is noble or heroic

verb(ɪkˈsplɔɪt) (tr)
  1. to take advantage of (a person, situation, etc), esp unethically or unjustly for one's own ends

  2. to make the best use of: to exploit natural resources

Origin of exploit

C14: from Old French: accomplishment, from Latin explicitum (something) unfolded, from explicāre to explicate

Derived forms of exploit

  • exploitable, adjective
  • exploitation, noun
  • exploitive or exploitative, adjective

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