[ ek-sploit, ik-sploit ]
/ ˈɛk splɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪt /


a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act: the exploits of Alexander the Great.



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Origin of exploit

1350–1400; Middle English exploit, espleit<Old French exploit,Anglo-French espleit<Latin explicitum, neuter of explicitus (past participle). See explicit

synonym study for exploit

Definition for exploit (2 of 2)

[ verb ik-sploit; noun eks-ploit, ik-sploit ]
/ verb ɪkˈsplɔɪt; noun ˈɛks plɔɪt, ɪkˈsplɔɪt /

verb (used with object)

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.

noun Digital Technology.

  1. a flaw in hardware or software that is vulnerable to hacking or other cyberattacks.
  2. 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 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 past participle explicitus, from explicāre “to unfold, unroll, smooth, reveal”; see exploit1


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Example sentences from the Web for exploit

  • For them the earth is not an exploitable ground but the living mother.

    Ulysses|James Joyce
  • Machine production in its opening phases, demanded large, concentrated and exploitable populations.

  • They are susceptible, exploitable, hysterical, non-resistant to external suggestion.

  • The friendless, exploitable alien by his presence tends to corrupt our laws and practices respecting labor.

    The Old World in the New|Edward Alsworth Ross

British Dictionary definitions for exploit


noun (ˈɛksplɔɪt)

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

verb (ɪkˈsplɔɪt) (tr)

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

Derived forms of exploit

exploitable, adjectiveexploitation, nounexploitive or exploitative, adjective

Word Origin for exploit

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