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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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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