ex·ploit (ĕksploit′, ĭk-sploit)
1. An act or deed, especially a brilliant or heroic one. See Synonyms at feat1.
2. Computers A program or system designed to take advantage of a particular error or security vulnerability in computers or networks.
tr.v. (ĭk-sploit, ĕksploit′) ex·ploit·ed, ex·ploit·ing, ex·ploits
1. To employ to the greatest possible advantage: exploit one's talents.
2. To make use of selfishly or unethically: a corporation that exploited peasant labor.
[Middle English, from Old French esploit, from Latin explicitum, neuter past participle of explicāre, to unfold; see EXPLICATE.]
ex·ploita·tive, ex·ploitive adj.
ex·ploita·tive·ly, ex·ploitive·ly adv.
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