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develop

verb [I/T]  /dɪˈvel·əp/ us  

develop verb [I/T] (GROW)

to grow or cause to grow or change into a more advanced form: [T] This exercise will help develop the shoulder and back muscles (= It will make them stronger). [I] If Kareem keeps working hard, he could develop into a first-class athlete. [I] The tourist industry is continuing to develop in the lake region. [T] Your essay is good, but you need to develop your ideas more fully (= give more details).

develop verb [I/T] (START)

to bring or come into existence: [I] Large cracks are developing in the wall of the house. [T] George has developed an interest in archaeology. If you develop an illness, you catch it or start to suffer from it: [T] She developed a skin rash. If an area of land is developed, it is built on, usually by a company that hopes to make a profit in this way: [T] We have plans to develop the site.

develop verb [I/T] (PROCESS FILM)

to put film in chemicals until an image appears
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