What is the meaning of develop?


  • Make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation.
    • usage: "Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather"; "They developed a new technique"
  • Work out.
    • usage: "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
  • Gain through experience.
    • usage: "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"
  • Come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes. )
    • usage: "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"
  • Come into existence; take on form or shape.
    • usage: "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"
  • Change the use of and make available or usable.
    • usage: "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The remote areas of the country were gradually built up"
  • Elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses.
    • usage: "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
  • Create by training and teaching.
    • usage: "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
  • Be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest.
    • usage: "The plot developed slowly";
  • Grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment.
    • usage: "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"
  • Become technologically advanced.
    • usage: "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
  • Cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development.
    • usage: "The perfect climate here develops the grain"; "He developed a new kind of apple"
  • Generate gradually.
    • usage: "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
  • Grow emotionally or mature.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "Spassky developed quickly"
  • Move into a strategically more advantageous position.
    • usage: "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.
    • usage: "develop the melody and change the key"
  • Happen.
    • usage: "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  • Expand in the form of a series.
    • usage: "Develop the function in the following form"
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