Meaning of “developing” in the English Dictionary

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"developing" in British English

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uk /dɪˈvel.ə.pɪŋ/ us /dɪˈvel.ə.pɪŋ/

B2 A developing country or area of the world is poorer and has less advanced industries, especially in Africa, Latin America, or Asia:

the developing world/countries/nations

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  • The World Bank is being urged to write off debts from developing countries.
  • Helping to alleviate poverty in developing countries also helps to reduce environmental destruction.
  • I signed a petition in support of the campaign to end the marketing of baby milk in developing countries.
  • The standard of living in many developing countries is low.
  • In a number of developing countries, war has been an additional impediment to progress.

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

"developing" in American English

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developingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /dɪˈvel·ə·pɪŋ/

growing or becoming stronger or more advanced:

a developing fetus

politics & government Developing countries have less advanced industries and little wealth but have the ability to become more advanced.

(Definition of “developing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"developing" in Business English

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developingadjective [ before noun ]

/dɪˈveləpɪŋ/ uk us ECONOMICS

poor, but trying to grow and becoming more advanced by creating new industries and a stronger economy:

Internet use is almost universal in industrialized countries, and is growing rapidly in the developing world as well.
Fast-growing airlines in developing markets tend to have newer fleets then their competitors in countries where air travel is well established.
developing nations/economies

(Definition of “developing” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)