Definition of exploit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

BrE BrE//ˈeksplɔɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeksplɔɪt//
[usually plural] a brave, exciting or interesting act the daring exploits of Roman heroes The papers were full of her latest amorous exploits. His courage and exploits were legendary.
Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French esploit (noun), based on Latin explicare ‘unfold’, from ex- ‘out’ + plicare ‘to fold’. The early notion of ‘success, progress’ gave rise to the sense ‘attempt to capture’, ‘military expedition’, hence the current sense of the noun. Verb senses (mid 19th cent.) are from modern French exploiter.
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