make full use of and derive benefit from (a resource).
500 companies sprang up to exploit this new technology
utilize,make use of,put to use,use,use to good advantage,turn/put to good use,make the most of,capitalize on,benefit from,turn to account,draw on,profit from/by,make capital out of,cash in on,milk
a bold or daring feat.
despite a series of colourful exploits, his agents obtained little intelligence of value