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exploit

verb [T]  /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/ us  

exploit verb [T] (USE WELL)

to use something for your own benefit: The two companies joined forces to exploit the potential of the Internet.

exploit verb [T] (USE UNFAIRLY)

to use someone unfairly for your own advantage: Factories here are coming under criticism for exploiting workers.
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