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verb [transitive] exploit pronunciation in British English /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyexploit
he/she/itexploits
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 advertisements just exploit our insecurities.
    an investment designed to exploit a tax loophole

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exploiter

noun [countable]
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singularexploiter
pluralexploiters

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