over·​ex·​ploit | \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsplȯit How to pronounce overexploit (audio) , -ˈek-ˌsplȯit \
overexploited; overexploiting

Definition of overexploit

transitive verb

: to exploit (something, such as a natural resource) to an excessive degree More than half of the fish stocks in the region are being overexploited.Greenpeace.org … the future costs of overexploiting the aquifers …— Exequiel Ezcurra and Marisa Mazari-Hiriart

Other Words from overexploit

overexploitation \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌek-​ˌsplȯi-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce overexploitation (audio) \ noun, plural overexploitations
overexploitation and pollution pose serious threats to both sharks and rays. — Kelly Marion

First Known Use of overexploit

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Overexploit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overexploit. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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