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develop

verb uk   /dɪˈvel.əp/ us  

develop verb (GROW)

B1 [I or T] to (cause something to) grow or change into a more advanced, larger, or stronger form: It became clear that he wasn't developing like all the other little boys. The fear is that these minor clashes may develop into all-out confrontation. Over time, their acquaintance developed into a lasting friendship. This exercise is designed to develop the shoulder and back muscles. I'm looking for a job which will enable me to develop my skills/talents.

develop verb (START)

B1 [T] to invent something or bring something into existence: We must develop a new policy/strategy to deal with the problem. The company is spending $650 million on developing new products/technology. C2 [I] to start to happen or exist: Large cracks began to develop in the wall. B2 [I or T] If you develop an illness or problem, or if it develops, you start to suffer from it: The study showed that one in twelve women is likely to develop breast cancer. She's developed some very strange habits lately. [T] to build houses, factories, shops, etc. on a piece of land: They're planning to develop the whole site into a shopping complex.

develop verb (PROCESS FILM)

[I or T] to make photographs or negatives from a film: I haven't had my holiday photos developed yet.
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