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ex·ploit

 (ĕk′sploit′, ĭk-sploit′)
n.
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′, ĕk′sploit′) 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·ploit′a·bil′i·ty n.
ex·ploit′a·ble adj.
ex·ploit′a·tive, ex·ploit′ive adj.
ex·ploit′a·tive·ly, ex·ploit′ive·ly adv.
ex·ploit′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.exploited - developed or used to greatest advantage
unexploited, undeveloped - undeveloped or unused; "vast unexploited (or undeveloped) natural resources"; "taxes on undeveloped lots are low"
2.exploited - of personsexploited - of persons; taken advantage of; "after going out of his way to help his friend get the job he felt not appreciated but used"
misused - used incorrectly or carelessly or for an improper purpose; "misused words are often laughable but one weeps for misused talents"
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