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"develop" in British English

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developverb

uk   us   /dɪˈvel.əp/

develop verb (GROW)

B1 [I or T] to (​cause something to) ​grow or ​change into a more ​advanced, ​larger, or ​strongerform: It ​becameclear that he wasn't developing like all the other little ​boys. The ​fear is that these ​minorclashes may develop intoall-outconfrontation. Over ​time, ​theiracquaintance developed into a ​lastingfriendship. 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 ​cracksbegan 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 ​studyshowed that one in twelve women is ​likely to develop ​breastcancer. She's developed some very ​strangehabitslately. [T] to ​buildhouses, ​factories, etc. on a ​piece of ​land: They're ​planning to develop the ​wholesite into a ​shoppingcomplex.
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develop verb (PROCESS FILM)

[I or T] to make ​photographs or negatives from a ​film: We developed some ​oldnegatives from my ​parents' ​weddingday.
(Definition of develop from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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 ​advancedform: [T] This ​exercise will ​help develop the ​shoulder and back ​muscles (= It will make them ​stronger). [I] If Kareem ​keepsworking hard, he could develop into a ​first-classathlete. [I] The ​touristindustry is ​continuing to develop in the ​lakeregion. [T] Youressay is good, but you need to develop ​yourideas 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 ​skinrash. 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 ​imageappears
(Definition of develop from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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developverb

uk   us   /dɪˈveləp/
[I or T] to ​grow or ​change into a more ​advanced, larger, or ​strongerform, or to make something do this: They ​tracked the storms as they ​developed, and then began ​canceling and ​divertingflights. The ​company later developed into a ​worldwidechain.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 ​requirestime to fully ​develop.
[T] to ​invent something or ​bring something such as a ​product or ​service into existence: The software was developed by a ​marinescienceconsultingfirm. In an era of ​innovation, they will need to ​demonstrateleadership in developing new industries and products.
[T] to ​think of and ​produce a ​plan or ​idea: The ​billcalls on the Energy Department to develop a ​plan to ​cutgasolineconsumption 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 ​economicactivity 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 ​buildhouses, ​factories, ​stores, etc., on a ​piece of ​land: Land along the canal was ​developedlong 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 ​naturalresources 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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