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developverb

uk   /dɪˈvel.əp/  us   /dɪˈvel.əp/
  • 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.

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  • develop verb (START)

B1 [T] to invent something or bring something into existence: We have to 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, etc. on a piece of land: They're planning to develop the whole site into a shopping complex.

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(Definition of develop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"develop" in American English

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developverb [I/T]

 us   /dɪˈvel·əp/
  • 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
(Definition of develop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

" develop" in Business English

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developverb

uk   us   /dɪˈveləp/
[I or T] to grow or change into a more advanced, larger, or stronger form, or to make something do this: They tracked the storms as they developed, and then began canceling and diverting flights. The company later developed into a worldwide chain.develop from sth (to sth) The project has taken eight years to develop from idea to fully-fledged movie. Dual-side marketing is a new concept and requires time to fully develop.
[T] to invent something or bring something such as a product or service into existence: The software was developed by a marine science consulting firm. In an era of innovation, they will need to demonstrate leadership in developing new industries and products.
[T] to think of and produce a plan or idea: The bill calls on the Energy Department to develop a plan to cut gasoline consumption by 20% by 2017. The group developed the strategy with Guyana's government.
[I or T] ECONOMICS if a country develops, it gets more industry and economic activity and becomes richer: No country has ever successfully developed on aid alone.
[I or T] HR to learn and improve a skill, ability, quality, etc.: They will have to be more flexible and develop new skills.
[T] PROPERTY to build houses, factories, stores, etc., on a piece of land: Land along the canal was developed long before the existing flood walls were built.develop sth into sth Property along coastlines has been bought and developed into resorts and vacation homes.
[T] NATURAL RESOURCES to take natural resources from an area of land, or to make it possible to do this: Plans to develop an iron ore mine in the north-western region of Pilbara were rejected by the Environmental Protection Authority.
(Definition of develop from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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