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English definition of “exploit”

exploit

verb [T]     /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
to use or develop something for profit or progress in business : exploit resources/technology/information We need to make sure that we exploit our resources as fully as possible . exploit opportunities / potential This collection of valuable sound recordings has never been commercially exploited.
disapproving to treat someone unfairly in order to make money or get an advantage : Laws exist to stop companies exploiting their employees . These unfortunate people have been ruthlessly exploited.
often disapproving to use something, often unfairly , for your own advantage : exploit a loophole/weakness/vulnerability These are responsible employers who are not seeking to exploit loopholes in the legislation . People exploit the system by lodging multiple appeals .
exploitable /ɪkˈsplɔɪtəbl̩/ US   /-ṱə-/ adjective
(Definition of exploit verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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