(?), n. [OE. esploit success, OF. esploit, espleit,revenue, product, vigor, force, exploit, F. exploit exploit, fr. L. explicitum, prop. p. p. neut. of explicare to unfold, display, exhibit; ex + plicare to fold. See Ply, and cf. Explicit, Explicate.] 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.
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Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.
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2. Combat; war. [Obs.]
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He made haste to exploit some warlike service.
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2. [F. exploiter.] 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]
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3. Hence: To draw an illegitimate profit from; to speculate on; to put upon. [Recent]
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In no sense whatever does a man who accumulates a fortune by legitimate industry exploit his employs or make his capital "out of" anybody else.
W. G. Sumner.
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