develop
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develop(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to improve)
a. desarrollar
Swimming develops the muscles in the shoulders.La natación desarrolla los músculos de los hombros.
2. (to create)
a. desarrollar
Scientists have developed a very interesting theory about the origin of stars.Los científicos han desarrollado una teoría muy interesante sobre el origen de las estrellas.
3. (to perfect)
a. perfeccionar
The boys are developing their math skills.Los niños están desarrollando sus habilidades en matemáticas.
4. (to acquire)
a. adquirir (habit)
He had developed the habit of tensing his shoulders.Había adquirido el hábito de tensar los hombros.
b. tomar (taste)
He developed a taste for fine wines.Le tomó el gusto por los vinos selectos.
c. contraer (disease, infection)
She developed a chest infection while she was in the hospital.Contrajo una infección de las vías respiratorias cuando estaba en el hospital.
d. empezar a presentar (symptoms)
Patients often develop symptoms such as headaches and stomach pain.Los pacientes a menudo empiezan a presentar síntomas como dolores de cabeza y estómago.
5. (photography)
a. revelar
I need to develop this film at once.Necesito revelar este rollo ya.
6. (to exploit)
a. explotar
This area is rich in gold so it was developed.Esta área es rica en oro por lo que fue explotada.
b. urbanizar
The realtor said that this area will be developed in five years.El agente de bienes raíces dijo que esta área se urbanizará dentro de cinco años.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (to grow)
a. desarrollarse (person or body)
Boys tend to develop later than girls.Los varones tienden a desarrollarse más tarde que las hembras.
b. convertirse en (situation)
The protest soon developed into a full-blown riot.La protesta pronto se convirtió en un verdadero disturbio.
8. (to appear)
a. surgir
Problems began to develop early on in the project.Empezaron a surgir problemas al principio del proyecto.
b. aparecer
A large bruise developed on her thigh.Le apareció un moretón grande en el muslo.
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develop
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (theory, argument, design)
a. desarrollar
2. (skills)
a. perfeccionar
3. (region)
a. desarrollar
4. (site)
a. urbanizar
developed countriespaíses desarrollados
5. (acquire; infection)
a. contraer
6. (habit)
a. adquirir
to develop a liking for somethingtomar afición a algo
to develop a taste for somethingagarrarle or
7. (photography)
a. revelar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (body, faculties, region, trade)
a. desarrollarse
to develop into somethingtransformarse or convertirse en algo
9. (become apparent)
a. surgir
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develop [dɪˈveləp]
transitive verb
1 (make bigger, stronger etc) [+mind, body] desarrollar; [+argument, idea] desarrollar
I developed his original idea yo desarrollé su idea original
2 (generate) [+plan] elaborar; [+process] perfeccionar
3 (acquire) [+interest, taste, habit] adquirir; [+disease] contraer; [+tendency] coger; desarrollar; [+engine trouble] empezar a tener
she developed a liking for whisky le cogió el gusto al whisky
4 (build on) [+region] desarrollar; fomentar; [+land] urbanizar; [+site] ampliar
this land is to be developed se va a construir en or urbanizar este terreno
5 (exploit) [+resources, mine etc] explotar
6 (Fot) revelar
to get a film developed revelar un carrete
intransitive verb
1 (change, mature) desarrollarse
girls develop faster than boys las chicas se desarrollan más rápido que los chicos
human beings develop from a single cell
to develop into convertirse or transformarse en; the argument developed into a fight la discusión se convirtió en una pelea
2 (progress) [+country] desarrollarse
how is the book developing? ¿qué tal va el libro?
3 (come into being) aparecer; [+symptoms] aparecer; mostrarse
a crack was developing in the wall se estaba abriendo una grieta en la pared
4 (come about) [+idea, plan, problem] surgir
it later developed that ... más tarde quedó claro que ...
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