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.

Definitions of develop
  1. verb
    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
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    grow
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  2. verb
    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
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest
    “The plot developed slowly”
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    break, recrudesce
    happen
    arise, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise
    come into existence; take on form or shape
  4. verb
    happen
    “Report the news as it develops
    synonyms: break, recrudesce
  5. verb
    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
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    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
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  7. verb
    elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
    “Could you develop the ideas in your thesis”
    synonyms: explicate, formulate
    acquire, evolve
    gain through experience
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    mature
    develop and work out fully in one's mind
    redevelop, reformulate
    formulate or develop again, of an improved theory or hypothesis
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    conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  8. verb
    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
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    complicate, elaborate, rarify, refine
    make more complex, intricate, or richer
  9. verb
    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
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    instruct, learn, teach
    impart skills or knowledge to
  10. verb
    generate gradually
    “We must develop more potential customers”
    develop a market for the new mobile phone”
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    build up
    change the use of and make available or usable
    acquire, evolve
    gain through experience
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    make
    favor the development of
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    bring forth, generate
    bring into existence
  11. verb
    grow emotionally or mature
    “The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten”
    synonyms: grow
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    outgrow
    grow too large or too mature for
    make
    develop into
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  12. verb
    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
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    become
    come into existence
  13. verb
    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”
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    evolve, germinate
    work out
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    build
    give form to, according to a plan
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    create
    bring into existence
  14. verb
    work out
    “We have developed a new theory of evolution”
    synonyms: evolve, germinate
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    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  15. verb
    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
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  16. verb
    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
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    redevelop
    change the plans for the use of (land)
    settle
    establish or develop as a residence
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    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  17. verb
    move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
    “Spassky developed quickly”
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    play
    participate in games or sport
  18. verb
    move into a strategically more advantageous position
    develop the rook”
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    play
    participate in games or sport
  19. verb
    make visible by means of chemical solutions
    “Please develop this roll of film for me”
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    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
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  20. verb
    superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
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    lay over, superimpose, superpose
    place on top of
  21. verb
    expand in the form of a series
    Develop the function in the following form”
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    expand
    make bigger or wider in size, volume, or quantity
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