exploit - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

present tense
present participleexploiting
past tenseexploited
past participleexploited
  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.

  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

derived word


noun [countable]