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Definition of exploit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they exploit
    he / she / it exploits
    past simple exploited
    -ing form exploiting
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  1. 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. Competitors will always exploit the company's problems to their own advantage.
  2. 2exploit somebody (disapproving) to treat someone unfairly by making them work and not giving them much in return What is being done to stop employers from exploiting young people?
  3. 3exploit something to use something well in order to gain as much from it as possible She fully exploits the humor of her role in the play. Teachers should be exploiting computers in education.
  4. 4to develop or use something for business or industry exploit something Minerals have been exploited in this area. exploit something for something countries exploiting the rainforests for hardwood
  5. exploiter noun [countable]
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