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Meaning of EXPLOIT

Pronunciation:  [n]'eksployt, [v]ik'sployt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the book was her finest effort"
  2. [v]  use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system"; "he works his parents for sympathy"
  3. [v]  draw from; make good use of (resources)
  4. [v]  work excessively hard

EXPLOIT is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: deed, effort, feat, overwork, tap, work
 See Also: accomplishment, achievement, acquiring, actuation, apply, avail, causation, causing, commercialize, delivery, departure, derring-do, digging up, discovery, disinterment, disposal, disposition, effectuation, egress, egression, emergence, employ, equalisation, equalization, exhumation, feed, find, getting, going, going away, harness, help, hit, implementation, leaving, leveling, maximise, maximize, milk, mine, obstetrical delivery, overdrive, overexploit, play, prey, propulsion, put to work, quarry, rally, rallying, recovery, retrieval, running away, stunt, touch, touching, tour de force, uncovering, use, utilise, utilize, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex*ploit"\, n. [OE. esploit success, OF. esploit,
espleit,revenue, product, vigor, force, exploit, F. exploit
exploit, fr. L. explicitum, prop. p. p. neut. of explicare to
unfold, display, exhibit; ex + plicare to fold. See {Ply},
and cf. {Explicit}, {Explicate}.]
1. A deed or act; especially, a heroic act; a deed of renown;
   an adventurous or noble achievement; as, the exploits of
   Alexander the Great.

         Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises. --Shak.

2. Combat; war. [Obs.]

         He made haste to exploit some warlike service.

2. [F. exploiter.] To utilize; to make available; to get the
   value or usefulness out of; as, to exploit a mine or
   agricultural lands; to exploit public opinion. [Recent]

3. Hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate
   on; to put upon. [Recent]

         In no sense whatever does a man who accumulates a
         fortune by legitimate industry exploit his
         employ['e]s or make his capital ``out of'' anybody
         else.                                 --W. G.

Computing Dictionary

A security hole or an instance of taking advantage of a security hole.

"[...] hackers say exploit. sysadmins say hole" -- mike emke

Emke reports that the stress is on the second syllable. If this is true, this may be a case of hackerly zero-deriving verbs (especially instantials) from nouns, akin to "write" as a noun to describe an instance of a disk drive writing to a disk.

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 Related Terms: abuse, accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, acta, action, adventure, apply, aristeia, attainment, beguile, benefit from, bestow, bleed, bleed white, blow, bold stroke, capitalize on, cash in on, clip, coup, cultivate, dealings, deed, do, doing, doings, drain, effort, employ, emprise, endeavor, enterprise, exercise, fait accompli, feat, finesse, fleece, gest, go, gouge, hand, handiwork, handle, heroic act, hold up, ill-use, impose, impose upon, improve, improve the occasion, job, jockey, make capital of, make hay, make use of, maneuver, manipulate, measure, milk, misuse, move, operation, overcharge, overprice, overt act, overtax, passage, performance, play, play on, presume upon, proceeding, production, profit by, profiteer, put to advantage, res gestae, screw, skin, soak, step, stick, sting, stroke, stunt, suck dry, surcharge, swindle, take advantage of, thing, thing done, tour de force, trade on, transaction, turn, turn to account, turn to profit, turn to use, undertaking, use, use ill, use to advantage, utilize, venture, victimize, work, work on, work upon, works