overexploit

verb over·ex·ploit \ ˌō-vər-ik-ˈsplȯit , -ˈek-ˌsplȯit \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overexploit

overexploited; overexploiting
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

overexploitation

play \ˌō-vər-ˌek-ˌsplȯi-ˈtā-shən\ noun, plural overexploitations
    • overexploitation and pollution pose serious threats to both sharks and rays.
    • —Kelly Marion

First Known Use of overexploit

1899


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