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ex·ploit • v. / ikˈsploit/ [tr.] make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource): 500 companies sprang up to exploit this new technology. ∎  use (a situation or person) in an unfair or selfish way: the company was exploiting a legal loophole. ∎  benefit unfairly from the work of (someone), typically by overworking or underpaying them: making money does not always mean exploiting others. • n. / ˈekˌsploit/ a bold or daring feat: the most heroic and secretive exploits of the war. DERIVATIVES: ex·ploit·a·ble adj. ex·ploi·ta·tion / ˌeksploiˈtāshən/ n. ex·ploit·a·tive / ikˈsploitətiv/ adj. ex·ploit·er / ikˈsploitər/ n. ex·ploit·ive adj.

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