Definition of "exploit" []

  • An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one. See Synonyms at feat1. (noun)
  • To employ to the greatest possible advantage: exploit one's talents. (verb-transitive)
  • To make use of selfishly or unethically: a country that exploited peasant labor. See Synonyms at manipulate. (verb-transitive)
  • To advertise; promote. (verb-transitive)
  • A notable deed or feat, esp one that is noble or heroic (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To take advantage of (a person, situation, etc), esp unethically or unjustly for one's own ends (verb)
  • To make the best use of (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "exploit" in a sentence
  • "I like the term exploit, Nice, just cannot get the staff, l would not mind a consultant."
  • "If this energy was provided at an insignificant cost, jobs would flock back to the U.S., thus providing the opportunity for conservatives to once again exploit workers here."
  • "This exploit is reportedly easy to duplicate, and experts expect the problem to spread quickly to other shady sites across the Internet."