- 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
Related Words for exploitinguse, handle, utilize, mine, employ, abuse, apply, manipulate, maneuver, play, jockey, finesse, soak, work, fleece, bleed, stick, skin, milk, exercise
Examples from the Web for exploiting
Contemporary Examples of exploiting
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
Exploiting his role as a medical professional, he passes fiction off as fact and trades knowledge for fear.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
The money his paintings have brought in has helped support his family, so a case for exploiting the child could be made.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
But there is actually something more irksome than exploiting cancer for profits.The Misogynistic Companies Jumping On The Breast Cancer Bandwagon
October 16, 2014
Most security experts believe individual accounts were hacked, by exploiting password resets, rather than the Apple cloud itself.Downton Star Jessica Brown Findlay Is Latest Sex Tape Hacking Victim
September 2, 2014
Historical Examples of exploiting
It consists in locating and exploiting the organ that one is a dupe with.The Devil's Dictionary
We are not exploiting our own special characteristics, mobility and sea power!Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
The upper self is rabidly engaged in exploiting the lower self.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
These men are surely not to be accused of exploiting my story.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
Why this excess of intelligence, used mainly for the exploiting of folly?Reincarnation
- 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 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.