exploit

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Pronunciation[change]

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Verb[change]

Plain form
exploit

Third-person singular
exploits

Past tense
exploited

Past participle
exploited

Present participle
exploiting

If you exploit someone or something, then you are taking advantage of it in a harmful way. Mostly, you exploit when you don't pay someone enough for their hard work.

Examples:

  • Slaves were exploited for their free labor.
  • Walmart exploits its employees by paying them minimum wage for their hard work.