pronunciation: dih ve ləp
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to bring out the potential of; advance to a more complete or more effective condition.
example: The coach is attempting to develop the team this year so that it can contend for the championship.
example: It took time and great effort to develop the land for crops.
example: She has a certain natural talent, but she needs to develop it.
definition 2: to cause to gain strength; cause to grow.
example: Doing these exercises will develop your leg muscles.
definition 3: to add detail to; elaborate.
example: He is developing the plot for his new novel.
definition 4: to bring into being or operation; generate.
example: Our company is developing a new product that we hope to launch next year.
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Collocations: Words often used in combination with “develop” (definition 1)
develop (def. 1) + NOUN: ~ skill, ~ competency, ~ confidence, ~ expertise, ~ talent, ~ ability, ~ technique (e.g., these young skaters can execute the jumps, but they need to develop their technique), ~ capacity
Collocations: Words often used in combination with “develop” (definition 4)
develop (def. 4) + NOUN: ~ strategy, ~ technology, ~ curriculum, ~ plan, ~ product, ~ model, ~ program, ~ relationship, ~ friendship ~ ties, ~ software, ~ technique (e.g, developing a technique for cloning cells), ~ vaccine, ~ prototype, ~ theory