exploit


exploit

verb

Definition of EXPLOIT

1
to take unfair advantage of <the type of person who exploits a friend's good nature by constantly sponging off of him>
Synonyms abuse, capitalize (on), cash in (on), impose (on or upon), leverage, milk, pimp, play (on or upon), use, work
Phrases trade on, walk on
2
to control or take advantage of by artful, unfair, or insidious means <a politician more than willing to exploit any national tragedy for political gain>
Synonyms exploit, play (upon)
3
to put into action or service <it will be a shame if you don't exploit your artistic talent to the fullest>
Near Antonyms ignore, neglect; misapply, misuse

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