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exploit2

ex·ploit2

exploit2

 
pronunciation:
ihk sploIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: exploited, exploiting, exploits
definition 1: to turn to advantage or profit.
The country is attempting to exploit its vast mineral wealth.
synonyms:
avail oneself of, capitalize on, take advantage of
similar words:
benefit from, manipulate, use, utilize
definition 2: to use to one's own advantage and to the disadvantage of the person or thing being used.
Desperate for work, the new immigrants were easily exploited as a cheap source of labor.
synonyms:
take advantage of, use
similar words:
abuse, capitalize, impose on, impose upon, manipulate, misuse, oppress, play
derivations: exploitable (adj.), exploitative (adj.), exploiter (n.)