a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act: the exploits of Alexander the Great.
Other definitions for exploit (2 of 2)
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.
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.
- 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
The food was good, but the restaurant also seemed to take on Davis’ personality — he appeared to know everyone in the neighborhood and beyond, and always had a story to tell, often about colorful West Side characters or his own exploits in politics.How a Chicago Political Hangout Went From Bustling to Boarded-Up — Even After the City Promised Help | by Mick Dumke | December 17, 2020 | ProPublica
Oracle’s October advisory accompanying a patch said exploits are low in complexity and require low privileges and no user interaction.Hackers are on the hunt for Oracle servers vulnerable to potent exploit | Dan Goodin | October 29, 2020 | Ars Technica
Even though Democrats in the county outnumbered Republicans 3 to 1, The Post said that Johnson’s popularity with voters who remembered his baseball exploits might help offset the Democrats’ numerical edge.The strange, one-of-a-kind political campaign that almost landed Walter Johnson in Congress | Frederic J. Frommer | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
We hope you’ll enjoy getting acquainted with these remarkable young scientists and following their exploits in the years to come.Seeing a bright future for science in these innovators | Nancy Shute | October 4, 2020 | Science News
It’s at the center of a booming international industry in which high-tech firms find software vulnerabilities, develop exploits, and sell malware to governments.The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows | Bobbie Johnson | August 19, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
However, it appears it is this very open nature that the Lizard Squad is attempting to exploit.
Ares said there are instances where savvy gankers manage to exploit loopholes.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That makes devices more readily available to those who want to figure out vulnerabilities to exploit.
Today, a zero-day exploit can sell for anywhere from $1,000 to $1 million.
How unique is our knowledge of this,” he said, “or our ability to exploit this compared to others?
The campaign was notable for an exploit which admirably illustrates the secret of his success as a soldier.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
The whole episode contrasts markedly with the exploit of Bishop Sinclair in Fife.King Robert the Bruce | A. F. Murison
These are the words of Calendau when, seeking his reward after his final exploit, he learns that he has won the love of Esterello.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
In the seventh canto is described in magnificent language Calendau's exploit on the Mont Ventoux.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
While the exploit would be very brilliant if successful, you must remember that failure would be disastrous to you and your men.
British Dictionary definitions for exploit
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 of: to exploit natural resources
- exploitable, adjective
- exploitation, noun
- exploitive or exploitative, adjective
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