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  Definition of Develop
  1. come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"
  2. change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
  3. expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the following form"
  4. grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This
  5. cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development; "The perfect climate here develops the grain"; "He developed a new kind of apple"
  6. happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  7. be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly";
  8. elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
  9. become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
  10. grow emotionally or mature; "The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten"; "When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior"
  11. gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
  12. create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
  13. elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
  14. move into a strategically more advantageous position; "develop the rook"
  15. move one''s pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
  16. superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
  17. generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
  18. work out; "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
  19. make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation; "Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather"; "They developed a new technique"
  20. make visible by means of chemical solutions; "Please develop this roll of film for me"
  21. come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose"
Similar Words: grow, produce, get, acquire, build up, make grow, break, recrudesce, modernize, modernise, evolve, train, prepare, educate, explicate, formulate, germinate, originate, arise, rise, uprise, spring up


See Also: erupt, break out, break through, come through


Hyponyms: fledge, feather, regrow, spring, sprout, stock, stool, tiller, leaf, pod, teethe, pupate, work up, get up, cut, redevelop, settle, differentiate, dedifferentiate, grow, senesce, age, get on, mature, maturate, progress, come on, come along, advance, get along, shape up, evolve, adolesce, build up, build, incubate, blossom, blossom out, blossom forth, unfold, bloom, flower, spike, spike out, bud, work out, elaborate, foliate, discipline, train, check, condition, outgrow, make, retrain, drill, housebreak, toilet-train, reformulate, solarize, solarise, underdevelop, resurge, come forth, emerge, come, follow, well up, swell, head


Grouped Verbs: acquire, evolve, train, prepare, educate, modernize, modernise, make grow, build up, originate, arise, rise, uprise, spring up, grow, break, recrudesce, explicate, formulate, produce, get, groom, germinate


Derivational Morphology: acquiring, getting, growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis, exploitation, developer, recrudescence, modernization, modernisation, evolution, phylogeny, phylogenesis, education, instruction, teaching, pedagogy, educational activity, training, preparation, grooming, trainee, trainer, conceptualization, conceptualisation, formulation, explication, source, seed, germ, developing, emergence, outgrowth, origin, origination, inception, initiation, founding, foundation, institution, creation, innovation, introduction, instauration


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