exploit VERB 1) make good use of (a resource). 2) make use of unfairly; benefit unjustly from the work of.
NOUN a bold or daring feat.
DERIVATIVES exploitable adjective exploitation noun exploitative adjective exploiter noun exploitive adjective.
ORIGIN originally in the sense «success, progress»: from Old French esploit, from Latin explicare 'unfold' .

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