|n.||1.||A deed or act; especially, a heroic act; a deed of renown; an adventurous or noble achievement; |
|2.||To utilize; to make available; to get the value or usefulness out of; |
|3.||Hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate on; to put upon.|
|Noun||1.||exploit - a notable achievement; "he performed a great deed"; "the book was her finest effort"|
|Verb||1.||exploit - 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"|
|2.||exploit - draw from; make good use of; "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"|
|3.||exploit - work excessively hard; "he is exploiting the students"|
|(security)||exploit - A security hole or an instance of taking advantage
of a security hole.|
"[...] hackers say exploit. sysadmins say hole" -- Mike Emke.
Emke reports that the stress is on the second syllable. If this is true, this may be a case of hackerly zero-deriving verbs (especially instantials) from nouns, akin to "write" as a noun to describe an instance of a disk drive writing to a disk.