1PE a developed country is one of the rich countries of the world with many industries, comfortable living for most people, and usually an elected government [↪ developing, underdeveloped]:
energy consumption in the developed world
The charity works with children in less developed countries.
2 a developed sense, system etc, is better, larger, or more advanced than others:
Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell.
plants with well developed root systems
Labour has a more fully developed programme for the unemployed.

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