Meaning of develop

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”
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    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”
    Synonyms:

    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
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    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”
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    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”
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    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”
    Synonyms:

    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
    type of:

    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”
    Synonyms:

    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”
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    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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