ex·ploit /ˈɛkˌsplɔɪt, ɪkˈ/
1. A deed or act; especially, a heroic act; a deed of renown; an adventurous or noble achievement; as, the exploits of Alexander the Great.
Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises. --Shak.
2. Combat; war. [Obs.]
He made haste to exploit some warlike service. --Holland.
2. To utilize; to make available; to get the value or usefulness out of; as, to exploit a mine or agricultural lands; to exploit public opinion. [Recent]
3. Hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate on; to put upon. [Recent]
In no sense whatever does a man who accumulates a fortune by legitimate industry exploit his employés or make his capital =\“out of” anybody else.\= --W. G. Sumner.
n : a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the
book was her finest effort" [syn: deed, feat, effort]
v 1: use or manipulate to one's advantage; "He exploit the new
taxation system"; "She knows how to work the system";
"he works his parents for sympathy" [syn: work]
2: draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources
we are given wisely" [syn: tap]
3: work excessively hard; "he is exploiting the students" [syn: