exploit

An exploit is a heroic act or notable deed. The King Arthur legends are full of stories of the exploits of the Knights of the Round Table, including Sir Lancelot and King Arthur himself.

This noun is from Middle English expleit, "outcome," from Latin explicitus, "unfolded, set forth." The verb exploit means to use someone or something, usually selfishly or for profit. Workers who are tired of being exploited by factory owners form unions that allow them to stand together as a powerful force.

Definitions of exploit
  1. verb
    use or manipulate to one's advantage
    synonyms: work
    work
    provoke or excite
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    make hay
    turn to one's advantage
    play
    use to one's advantage
    avail, help
    take or use
    feed, prey
    profit from in an exploitatory manner
    use
    seek or achieve an end by using to one's advantage
    parlay
    exploit a skill or resource in order to get something of greater value
    take advantage, trespass
    make excessive use of
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    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  2. verb
    work excessively hard
    “he is exploiting the students”
    synonyms: overwork
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    overdrive
    drive or work too hard
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    put to work, work
    cause to work
  3. verb
    draw from; make good use of
    “we must exploit the resources we are given wisely”
    synonyms: tap
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    maximise, maximize
    make the most of
    harness
    exploit the power of
    mine
    get from the earth by excavation
    quarry
    extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry
    overexploit
    exploit excessively
    commercialise, commercialize
    exploit for maximal profit, usually by sacrificing quality
    milk
    exploit as much as possible
    strip mine, surface mine, surface-mine
    extract (ore) from a strip-mine
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    apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
    put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
  4. noun
    a notable achievement
    synonyms: effort, feat
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    derring-do
    brave and heroic feats
    hit
    (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
    rally, rallying
    the feat of mustering strength for a renewed effort
    stunt
    a difficult or unusual or dangerous feat; usually done to gain attention
    tour de force
    a masterly or brilliant feat
    base hit, safety
    (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely
    Russian roulette
    a stunt in which you spin the cylinder of a revolver that is loaded with only one bullet and then point the muzzle at your head and pull the trigger
    acrobatic feat, acrobatic stunt
    a stunt performed by an acrobat
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    accomplishment, achievement
    the action of accomplishing something
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