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verb develop pronunciation in British English /dɪˈveləp/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participledeveloping
past tensedeveloped
past participledeveloped
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if people, animals, or plants develop, they change or grow as they get older

    All children develop at different rates.

    develop into:

    The cell then develops into an embryo.

    develop from:

    Fine white roots develop from the nodes on the stems.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of develop
    1. a.
      [transitive] to grow something

      The tree will gradually develop tough bark.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to become bigger or more successful as a company, business, or industry

    Markets for such high-priced products develop slowly.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of develop
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a company, business, or industry bigger or more successful

      The area is working to develop its tourist industry.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to gradually become clear or complete as details are added

    The plot develops further in the second episode.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to gradually add details to an idea, plan, story etc to make it more clear or complete

      I'd like to fully develop my idea before discussing it.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to change as events or conditions change, especially to become more serious

    We're waiting to see how things develop before we evacuate anyone.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of develop
  5. 5
    [transitive] to begin to be affected by a disease or medical condition

    She died two years after first developing the illness.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to begin to appear as part of an illness or medical condition

      A rash developed in a couple of days.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to begin to have something such as a feeling, habit, interest, or relationship

      She developed a taste for champagne while she was in France.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of develop
    3. c.
      [intransitive] to start to exist, or to start to be noticeable

      Their friendship developed at college.

    4. d.
      [transitive] to begin to have a problem or difficulty

      One of the engines developed a problem soon after take-off.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of develop
    5. e.
      [intransitive] to begin to be a problem or cause difficulties

      Trouble with the neighbours soon developed.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to successfully create and use a new product or method

    The companies recently teamed up to develop new communications software.

  7. 7
    [transitive] to improve your abilities, skills, or knowledge

    Get some advice on how to develop your physical strength.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to make economic improvements to a country or region

      A government lending programme is helping the region develop its economy.

  8. 8
    [transitive] to use land for a particular purpose or in a way that increases its value

    A company applied to develop the land for housing.



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