develop

When something develops, it grows. And if you develop something, you create it. Your cold might develop into a rare disease, and you might just develop the vaccine to stop its spread.

Develop is a verb that means to build up, grow, or improve gradually over time. A developer is someone who develops land into shopping malls, schools, and skyscrapers. The process can take months, but eventually they will transform a pile of dirt into a building. Many years ago, people would develop photographs by dipping them into various chemicals. As the pictures developed, an image would gradually appear.

Primary Meanings of develop

1.
v
grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
2.
v
come into existence; take on form or shape
3.
v
become technologically advanced
4.
v
move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
5.
v
make visible by means of chemical solutions
6.
v
superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
Full Definitions of develop
1

v 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”
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differentiate
become different during development
dedifferentiate
lose specialization in form or function
grow
increase in size by natural process
age, get on, maturate, mature, senesce
grow old or older
age
begin to seem older; get older
advance, come along, come on, get along, get on, progress, shape up
develop in a positive way
grow, maturate, mature
develop and reach maturity; undergo maturation
evolve
undergo development or evolution
adolesce
become adolescent; pass through adolescence
build, build up, progress, work up
form or accumulate steadily
incubate
grow under conditions that promote development
blossom, blossom forth, blossom out, unfold
develop or come to a promising stage
bloom, blossom, flower
produce or yield flowers
spike, spike out
bring forth a spike or spikes
bud
develop buds
cut
grow through the gums
ancylose, ankylose
undergo ankylosis
differentiate, specialise, specialize, speciate
evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment
undergrow
grow below something
exfoliate
grow by producing or unfolding leaves
vegetate
grow like a plant
vegetate
produce vegetation
twin
grow as twins
turn
become officially one year older
climb
improve one's social status
leapfrog
progress by large jumps instead of small increments
fossilise, fossilize
become mentally inflexible
ripen
grow ripe
find, find oneself
accept and make use of one's personality, abilities, and situation
derive
come from
burst forth, effloresce
come into or as if into flower
bourgeon, burgeon forth, germinate, pullulate, shoot, sprout, spud
produce buds, branches, or germinate
grow up
become an adult
dote
be foolish or senile due to old age
Type of:
grow
become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain

v come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

“The patient developed abdominal pains”
“Well- developed breasts”
Synonyms:
acquire, get, grow, produce
acquire, evolve
gain through experience
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feather, fledge
grow feathers
regrow
grow anew or continue growth after an injury or interruption
spring
develop suddenly
sprout, stock
put forth and grow sprouts or shoots
stool, tiller
grow shoots in the form of stools or tillers
leaf
produce leaves, of plants
pod
produce pods, of plants
teethe
grow teeth; cut the baby teeth
pupate
develop into a pupa
get up, work up
develop
cut
have grow through the gums
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest

“The plot developed slowly”
Synonyms:
break, recrudesce
happen
arise, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
come into existence; take on form or shape
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v happen

“Report the news as it develops
Synonyms:
break, recrudesce
Type of:
come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place
come to pass

v 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”
Synonyms:
make grow
build up
change the use of and make available or usable
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grow
cause to grow or develop
work out, work up
come up with
elaborate, work out
work out in detail
foliate
grow leaves
check, condition, discipline, train
develop (children's) behavior by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control
vegetate
establish vegetation on
culture
grow in a special preparation
rotate
plant or grow in a fixed cyclic order of succession
swell
cause to become swollen
germinate
cause to grow or sprout
root
cause to take roots
mortify
practice self-denial of one's body and appetites
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v gain through experience

“Children must develop a sense of right and wrong”
“Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position”
develop a passion for painting”
Synonyms:
acquire, evolve
acquire, get, grow, produce
come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
explicate, formulate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

“Could you develop the ideas in your thesis”
Synonyms:
explicate, formulate
acquire, evolve
gain through experience
Types:
mature
develop and work out fully in one's mind
redevelop, reformulate
formulate or develop again, of an improved theory or hypothesis
Type of:
conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

v 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”
Synonyms:
acquire, evolve
gain through experience
explicate, formulate
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
Type of:
complicate, elaborate, rarify, refine
make more complex, intricate, or richer

v create by training and teaching

“we develop the leaders for the future”
Synonyms:
educate, prepare, train
build up
change the use of and make available or usable
prepare, train
undergo training or instruction in preparation for a particular role, function, or profession
groom, prepare, train
educate for a future role or function
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retrain
teach new skills
drill
train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
house-train, housebreak
train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
toilet-train
train (a small child) to use the toilet
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v generate gradually

“We must develop more potential customers”
develop a market for the new mobile phone”
Synonyms:
build up
change the use of and make available or usable
acquire, evolve
gain through experience
Types:
make
favor the development of
Type of:
bring forth, generate
bring into existence

v grow emotionally or mature

“The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten”
Synonyms:
grow
Types:
outgrow
grow too large or too mature for
make
develop into
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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v come into existence; take on form or shape

Synonyms:
arise, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
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resurge
rise again
come forth, emerge
happen or occur as a result of something
come, follow
to be the product or result
swell, well up
come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)
head
take its rise
break
come forth or begin from a state of latency
Type of:
become
come into existence

v 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”
Synonyms:
evolve, germinate
work out
Types:
build
give form to, according to a plan
Type of:
create
bring into existence

v work out

“We have developed a new theory of evolution”
Synonyms:
evolve, germinate
Type of:
create by mental act, create mentally
create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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v become technologically advanced

“Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace”
Synonyms:
modernise, modernize
build up
change the use of and make available or usable
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v change the use of and make available or usable

develop land”
“The country developed its natural resources”
Synonyms:
build up
make grow
cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
modernise, modernize
become technologically advanced
educate, prepare, train
create by training and teaching
Types:
redevelop
change the plans for the use of (land)
settle
establish or develop as a residence
Type of:
ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better
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v move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions

“Spassky developed quickly”
Type of:
play
participate in games or sport

v move into a strategically more advantageous position

develop the rook”
Type of:
play
participate in games or sport
5

v make visible by means of chemical solutions

“Please develop this roll of film for me”
Types:
solarise, solarize
reverse some of the tones of (a negative or print) and introduce pronounced outlines of highlights, by exposing it briefly to light, then washing and redeveloping it
underdevelop
process (a film or photographic plate) less than the required time or in an ineffective solution or at an insufficiently high temperature
redevelop
develop for a second time, in order to improve the contrast, colour, etc., of a negative or print
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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v superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry

Type of:
lay over, superimpose, superpose
place on top of

v expand in the form of a series

Develop the function in the following form”
Type of:
expand
make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity

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