Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “exploit”

See all translations

exploit

verb [T]
 
 
/ɪkˈsplɔɪt/
TREAT UNFAIRLY B2 to not pay or reward someone enough for something: [often passive] I felt as though I was being exploited.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressive
USE B2 to use or develop something for your advantage: We are not fully exploiting all the resources that we have.Using and misusing
exploitation
 
 
/ˌeksplɔɪˈteɪʃən/ noun [U]
the exploitation of child workers
(Definition of exploit verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “exploit”

Definitions of “exploit” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

advent calendar

a decorative piece of card, often hung on the wall, that has a small opening with a door for each of the days of the month before Christmas. Children open one of these doors each day, finding a picture under it.

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More