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exploitnoun [C]

 us   /ˈek·splɔɪt/
a brave, interesting, or unusual act: daredevil exploits He is not content to limit himself to his exploits on the basketball court.

exploitverb [T]

 us   /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
  • 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.
(Definition of exploit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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exploitverb [T]

uk   /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/  us   /ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
  • 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   /ɪkˈsplɔɪ.tə.bəl/  us   /ɪkˈsplɔɪ.t̬ə.bəl/
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).

exploitnoun [C usually plural]

uk   /ˈek.splɔɪt/  us   /ˈek.splɔɪt/
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"exploit" in Business English

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exploitverb [T]

uk   us   /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
adjective /ɪkˈsplɔɪtəbl̩/  us /-ṱə-/
The coal mine is no longer commercially exploitable.
(Definition of exploit from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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