Meaning of exploit

ex•ploit

Pronunciation: (ek'sploit, ik-sploit'), [key]
— n.
  1. a striking or notable deed; feat; spirited or heroic act: the exploits of Alexander the Great.

ex•ploit

Pronunciation: (ik-sploit'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to utilize, esp. for profit; turn to practical account: to exploit a business opportunity.
  2. to use selfishly for one's own ends: employers who exploit their workers.
  3. to advance or further through exploitation; promote: He exploited his new movie through a series of guest appearances.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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