A. squander: enjoy
B. exploit: utilize
C. research: investigate
D. hire: manage
E. wheedle: flatter

(Choose a pair that expresses a relationship most similar to that of the given pair.)

Doesn't "research" mean "to investigate"? Then why is it not C? Thank you.
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C is runner-up, I think.

E is my choice.

I think the relation may be this:

To milk by extraction.

To wheedle by flattery.

Not: to research by investigation. Research is investigation.
Hmm. Think I'd choose B.

To milk is to extract something excessively, for one's own purposes.

To exploit is to utilize something excessively, for one's own purposes.

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That's convincing, MrP. Now E is runner-up, and C is honorable mention.
Hire through management.

Who makes up these lame questions anyways?
Milk has the sense of "taking", to milk something/someone. If you squander, you spend, give. If you exploit, you use, give. If you research, you collect info, take. If you hire, you employ, give (a job if you don't like the use of employ in this case). Wheedle, to influence, give. Answer C.
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Hello W3

Do you find no sense of "take" in:

1. The British government exploited the innocent colonials.


I see take in the sense of "give (someone) a hard time", true an understatement but that isn't because of the language.
Okay. But take Merriam Webster's definitions, for instance:

1 : to make productive use of : UTILIZE<exploiting your talents> <exploit your opponent's weakness>
2 : to make use of meanly or unjustly for one's own advantage <exploiting migrant farm workers>

You don't think that #2 might contain the notion of taking something?

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