de ‧ vel ‧ op ‧ ing /dɪˈveləpɪŋ/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ developer , ↑ development , ↑ redevelopment ; verb : ↑ develop , ↑ redevelop ; adjective : ↑ developed ≠ ↑ undeveloped , ↑ developing ]
1 . a developing country is a poor country that is trying to increase its industry and trade and improve life for its people ⇨ developed , underdeveloped
aid to developing countries
poverty and hunger in the developing world
the developing economies in Eastern Europe
2 . growing or changing:
the growth of the developing embryo
a developing crisis in Washington
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▪ poor having very little money and not many possessions – used about people or places:
Many families were too poor to pay for education.
▪ hard up/broke ( also skint British English ) [not before noun] informal having very little money, especially for a short period of time. Skint is more informal than the other words:
I’m a bit hard up at the moment
We were so broke we couldn’t afford to go out to the cinema.
▪ developing [only before noun] a developing country is poor and has very little industry:
The disease is found mainly in developing countries.
the developing world
▪ deprived [usually before noun] much poorer than other people in a country, and not having the things that are necessary for a comfortable or happy life – used about people and areas:
The charity works with deprived children in the inner city.
one of the most deprived areas of London
▪ disadvantaged especially written used about groups of people in society who have much less chance of being successful because they are poor:
An increase in the minimum wage would help the most disadvantaged Americans.
▪ needy having very little money, and so needing help – used about groups of people:
More help should be given to needy families.
We offer scholarships for needy students.
▪ destitute especially written having no money or possessions and nowhere to live – used when someone is in a very bad situation:
Her family was left destitute after her father died.
▪ impoverished formal impoverished people and places are very poor:
out-of-work miners and their impoverished families
The children come from impoverished neighbourhoods.
one of the world’s most impoverished countries
▪ poverty-stricken written extremely poor:
They were left poverty-stricken.
▪ penniless especially literary having no money:
She died penniless.
a penniless student