- 1exploit something (disapproving) to treat a person or situation as an opportunity to gain an advantage for yourself He exploited his father's name to get himself a job. She realized that her youth and inexperience were being exploited. The opposition parties will always exploit government problems to their own advantage.
- 2exploit somebody (disapproving) to treat somebody unfairly by making them work and not giving them much in return What is being done to stop employers from exploiting young people? See related entries: Pay and conditions at work
- 3exploit something to use something well in order to gain as much from it as possible She fully exploits the humour of her role in the play. Teachers should be exploiting computers in education.
- 4to develop or use something for business or industry exploit something No minerals have yet been exploited in Antarctica. exploit something for something countries exploiting the rainforests for hardwood Word Origin Middle English: from Old French esploit (noun), based on Latin explicare
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BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɔɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exploit
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɔɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔɪt//he / she / it exploits
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɔɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔɪts//past simple exploited
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɔɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔɪtɪd//past participle exploited
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɔɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔɪtɪd//-ing form exploiting
BrE BrE//ɪkˈsplɔɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈsplɔɪtɪŋ//Pay and conditions at work