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exploit

verb [T] uk   /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/ us  

exploit verb [T] (USE WELL)

B2 to use something in a way that helps you: We need to make sure that we exploit our resources as fully as possible.
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exploit verb [T] (USE UNFAIRLY)

B2 to use someone or something unfairly for your own advantage: Laws exist to stop companies exploiting their employees.
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exploitable
adjective uk   /-ˈsplɔɪ.tə.bl̩/ us    /-ˈsplɔɪ.t̬ə.bl̩/
The coal mine is no longer commercially exploitable (= can no longer be used for profit). The lack of jobs in this area means that the workforce is easily exploitable (= employers can use workers unfairly for their own advantage).

exploit

noun [C usually plural] uk   /ˈek.splɔɪt/ us  
something unusual, brave, or funny that someone has done: She was telling me about her exploits while travelling around Africa.
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