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  1. ex┬Ěploit
  2. verb

    • 1. make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource):

      500 companies sprang up to exploit this new technology
      Synonym : utilize, make use of, put to use, use, use to good advantage, turn/put to good use, make the most of, capitalize on, benefit from, turn to account, draw on, profit from/by, make capital out of, cash in on, milk
    • 2. use (a situation or person) in an unfair or selfish way:

      the company was exploiting a legal loophole accusations that he exploited a wealthy patient
    • 3. benefit unfairly from the work of (someone), typically by overworking or underpaying them:

      making money does not always mean exploiting others
      Synonym : take advantage of, make use of, abuse, impose on, prey on, play on, misuse, ill-treat, bleed, suck dry, squeeze, wring, enslave, treat unfairly, withhold rights from, manipulate, cheat, swindle, fleece, victimize, live off the backs of, walk (all) over, take for a ride, put one over on, cash in on, rip off

    noun

    • 1. a bold or daring feat:

      the most heroic and secretive exploits of the war
    • 2. a software tool designed to take advantage of a flaw in a computer system, typically for malicious purposes such as installing malware:

      if someone you don't know tweets you a link, it's either spam, an exploit, or probably both
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: exploit, plural noun: exploits

    • verb

      make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource):

      make use of (a situation) in a way considered unfair or underhand:

    • noun

      a bold or daring feat:

      a software tool designed to take advantage of a flaw in a computer system, typically for malicious purposes such as installing malware:

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