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verb [transitive] exploit pronunciation in American English /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
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present participleexploiting
past tenseexploited
past participleexploited

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  1. 1
    to treat someone unfairly in order to get some benefit for yourself

    Children are being exploited in many of these factories.

  2. 2
    to use a situation so that you get benefit from it, even if it is wrong or unfair to do this

    We need to exploit every opportunity for media coverage.

    A lot of ads just exploit our insecurities.

  3. 3
    to use natural resources such as trees, water, or oil so that you gain as much as possible

    exploiting the mineral wealth of Alaska

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noun [countable]
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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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