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verb develop pronunciation in British English /dɪˈveləp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydevelop
he/she/itdevelops
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.
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    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.
    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.
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  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.
    3. c.
      [intransitive] to start to exist, or to start to be noticeable
      Their friendship developed at college.
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    4. d.
      [transitive] to begin to have a problem or difficulty
      One of the engines developed a problem soon after take-off.
    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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