exploit - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
present tense
I/you/we/theyexploit
he/she/itexploits
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

exploiter

noun [countable]
singularexploiter
pluralexploiters