from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one. See Synonyms at feat1.
- transitive v. To employ to the greatest possible advantage: exploit one's talents.
- transitive v. To make use of selfishly or unethically: a country that exploited peasant labor. See Synonyms at manipulate.
- transitive v. To advertise; promote.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heroic or extraordinary deed.
- n. An achievement.
- n. A program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software.
- v. To use for one’s own advantage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A deed or act; especially, a heroic act; a deed of renown; an adventurous or noble achievement.
- n. Combat; war.
- n. To utilize; to make available; to get the value or usefulness out of
- n. Hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate on; to put upon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Achievement; performance; usually, a deed or act of some exceptional or remarkable kind; a conspicuous performance; more especially, a spirited or heroic act; a great or noble achievement: as, the exploits of Alexander, of Cæsar, of Wellington.
- n. Advantage; benefit.
- n. Synonyms Deed, Feat, etc. See feat.
- To achieve; accomplish.
- To make complete use of; work up; bring into play; utilize; cultivate.
- Specifically To employ or utilize selfishly; turn to one's own advantage without regard to right or justice; make subservient to self-interest.
- To make research or experiment; explore.
- To work (as a mine, etc.); to turn to industrial use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. work excessively hard
- v. use or manipulate to one's advantage
- n. a notable achievement
- v. draw from; make good use of
Middle English, from Old French esploit, from Latin explicitum, neuter past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see explicate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)