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  1. [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"

  2. [verb] work out; "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
    Synonyms: evolve, germinate

  3. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: acquire, evolve

  4. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: grow, produce, get, acquire

  5. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: originate, arise, rise, uprise, spring up, grow

  6. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: build up

  7. [verb] elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
    Synonyms: explicate, formulate

  8. [verb] create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
    Synonyms: train, prepare, educate

  9. [verb] be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly";

  10. [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"

  11. [verb] become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
    Synonyms: modernize, modernise

  12. [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

  13. [verb] generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"

  14. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: grow

  15. [verb] make visible by means of chemical solutions; "Please develop this roll of film for me"

  16. [verb] superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry

  17. [verb] move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; "Spassky developed quickly"

  18. [verb] move into a strategically more advantageous position; "develop the rook"

  19. [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"

  20. [verb] happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
    Synonyms: break, recrudesce

  21. [verb] expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the following form"


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