Definition of exploit in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsplɔɪt
, ɛk-/
[with object]
  • 2Make use of (a situation) in a way considered unfair or underhand: the company was exploiting a legal loophole
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    • That would eliminate some of the loopholes exploited by large, wealthy factory farms.
    • He feels commercial interests are exploiting the situation and selling parents the idea that they can buy things to substitute for time with their children.
    • With five minutes left the visitors had exploited the situation to score two converted tries to cut RI's lead to eight points.
  • 2.1Benefit unfairly from the work of (someone), typically by overworking or underpaying them: women are exploited in the workplace
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    • Nobody complained that the international capitalists were exploiting the workers.
    • Thirdly, the reason why the capitalist can exploit workers is simply because they have power over them.
    • The capitalist system exploits people everywhere.
    take advantage of, make use of, abuse, impose on, prey on, play on, misuse, ill-treat, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring, enslave, treat unfairly, withhold rights from; manipulate, cheat, swindle, fleece, victimize, live off the backs of


Pronunciation: /ˈɛksplɔɪt
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  • 1A bold or daring feat: despite a series of colourful exploits, his agents obtained little intelligence of value
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    • It was from here that Captain James Cook, a local lad, set sail around the globe, inflaming every schoolboy's passion for adventure with his daring exploits.
    • Though they claim he supports the insurgency because of his ideological opposition to the occupation, they soon lapse into talk of daring criminal exploits.
    • In mythology and legend, a man, often of divine ancestry, is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods.
    feat, deed, act, adventure, stunt, escapade, manoeuvre, enterprise, undertaking, move; achievement, accomplishment, attainment, triumph; (exploits) handiwork
    informal lark, caper
  • 2A software tool designed to take advantage of a flaw in a computer system, typically for malicious purposes such as installing malware: if someone you don’t know tweets you a link, it’s either spam, an exploit, or probably both
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    • The compromised website hosted an exploit which then allowed malware to be installed on these laptops.
    • Exploit bundles are usually installed in hosting servers.
    • Once the website is visited, the modified exploits will affect the system software and additional malware will get deployed.



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈsplɔɪtəb(ə)l, ɛk-/
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  • Money is raised chiefly by publicising highly exploitable incidents, often of lawbreaking.
  • He said: ‘It's absolutely outrageous, it is feeding on people who are exploitable.’
  • If there is exploitable gas, then they will speak to us again in due course about bringing it ashore.


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  • With this concern have come the unending droves of promoters, frauds, and exploiters who traditionally prey upon the naive and trusting.
  • For much of the film it is hard to see him as anything but a shallow, pretentious exploiter thinking only of his own pleasure.
  • A vast majority of people supported his government's policy, and ‘only a handful of exploiters are opposing a decision that has been taken in the best national and international interest’, he asserted.


Middle English: from Old French esploit (noun), based on Latin explicare 'unfold' (see explicate). The early notion of 'success, progress' gave rise to the sense 'attempt to capture', 'military expedition', hence the current sense of the noun. Verb senses (mid 19th century) are from modern French exploiter.

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