exploit verb

1 treat sb unfairly for your own advantage

ADV. mercilessly, ruthlessly The workers are ruthlessly exploited by their employers. | cynically He pursued his own interests, cynically exploiting his privileged position as trustee. | deliberately | sexually

2 make the best use of sth

ADV. 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. | commercially 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