Meaning of “exploitation” in the English Dictionary

"exploitation" in British English

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exploitationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌek.splɔɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.splɔɪˈteɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “exploitation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exploitation" in American English

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exploitationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌekˌsplɔɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

the act of using someone unfairly for your own advantage:

She favors legislation to curb the exploitation of child labor.

politics & government Exploitation of colonies leaves them at a disadvantage and makes the colonizing nations more wealthy and powerful.

(Definition of “exploitation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exploitation" in Business English

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exploitationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌeksplɔɪˈteɪʃən/ us

the use or development of something for profit or progress in business:

The awards recognize the best new products or processes suitable for commercial exploitation.
the exploitation of sth The exploitation of advanced technologies will be necessary for economic success.

disapproving unfair treatment of other people for your own advantage:

Working at very low wages is only one form of exploitation many immigrant workers face.

(Definition of “exploitation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)