1 treat sb unfairly for your own advantage
The workers are ruthlessly exploited by their employers.
He pursued his own interests, cynically exploiting his privileged position as trustee.
| deliberately | sexually
2 make the best use of sth
extensively, heavily | fully, to the full
The firm has been successful in exploiting new technology to the full.
| further | widely | effectively, profitably, successfully | properly | quickly | easily | cleverly, skilfully
The architect has cleverly exploited new materials and building techniques.
She was keen to exploit her discovery commercially.
VERB + EXPLOIT
be determined to, be keen to, hope to, seek to | be quick to
The team were quick to exploit their competitive advantage.
| attempt to | fail to
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