Exploit definition

ĕksploit, ĭk-sploit
To employ to the greatest possible advantage.

Exploit one's talents.

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To make unethical use of for one's own advantage or profit; specif., to make profit from the labor of (others) without giving a just return.
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An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one.
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An act remarkable for brilliance or daring; bold deed.
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To make use of; turn to account; utilize productively.
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To make use of selfishly or unethically.

A corporation that exploited peasant labor.

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Exploit is defined as to use someone or something to achieve one's own purposes.

An example of exploit is to pretend to befriend an intelligent student in class for the sole purpose of copying his homework.

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(computers) A program or system designed to take advantage of a particular error or security vulnerability in computers or networks.
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To use for one’s own advantage.
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A heroic or extraordinary deed.
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The first trek to the summit of Mount Everest was a stunning exploit.

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(computing) A program or technique that exploits a vulnerability in other software.
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The definition of an exploit is a heroic act or an act worthy of praise.

An example of exploit is a journey to the top of a large mountain.

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A software program taking advantage of vulnerabilities in software. An exploit can be used by crackers for breaking security or for otherwise attacking a host over the network. During the second week of May 2005, crackers shut down Japan’s major price-comparison Website, Kaku.com Inc. After investigating the cause, the company discovered alterations in its software programs and a virus that, company officials feared, may have been transmitted to some users’ computers. The online company said that it would likely lose 40 million yen in revenue as a result of the exploit. Shimbun, A. Websites Get Costly Lesson in Security. [Online, May 18, 2005.] The Asahi Shimbun Company Website. http://www.asahi.com/english/Herald-asahi/ TKY200505180108.html; Symantec Security Response. Glossary. [Online, 2004.] Symantec Security Response Website. http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/refa.html.
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To stir up interest in or promote, as in advertising.

To exploit a new product.

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In computer security, an unethical or illegal attack that takes advantage of some vulnerability. See zero-day exploit and PoC exploit.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
exploit
Plural:
exploits

Origin of exploit

  • Middle English from Old French esploit from Latin explicitum neuter past participle of explicāre to unfold explicate

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French esploit (noun), esploitier (verb).

    From Wiktionary