"develop" in the verb sense
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"
2. evolve, germinate, develop
"We have developed a new theory of evolution"
3. develop, acquire, evolve
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"
4. grow, develop, produce, get, acquire
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"
5. originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow
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"
6. build up, develop
change the use of and make available or usable
"The country developed its natural resources"
"The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
7. explicate, formulate, develop
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
"Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
8. train, develop, prepare, educate
create by training and teaching
"The old master is training world-class violinists"
"we develop the leaders for the future"
be gradually disclosed or unfolded become manifest
"The plot developed slowly"
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 situation has developed over a long time"
11. modernize, modernise, develop
become technologically advanced
"Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"
"Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
12. develop, make grow
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"
"We must develop more potential customers"
"develop a market for the new mobile phone"
14. develop, grow
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"
make visible by means of chemical solutions
"Please develop this roll of film for me"
superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
"Spassky developed quickly"
move into a strategically more advantageous position
"develop the rook"
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"
20. break, recrudesce, develop
"Report the news as it develops"
"These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
expand in the form of a series
"Develop the function in the following form"
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