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1 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 work out; "We have developed a new theory of evolution" [syn: evolve, germinate]
3 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" [syn: acquire, evolve]
4 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" [syn: grow, produce, get, acquire]
5 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" [syn: originate, arise, rise, uprise, spring up, grow]
6 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" [syn: build up]
7 elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis" [syn: explicate, formulate]
8 create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future" [syn: train, prepare, educate]
9 be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly";
10 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 become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly" [syn: modernize, modernise]
12 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" [syn: make grow]
13 generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
14 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" [syn: grow]
15 make visible by means of chemical solutions; "Please develop this roll of film for me"
16 superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
17 move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
18 move into a strategically more advantageous position; "develop the rook"
19 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 happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time" [syn: break, recrudesce]
21 expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the following form"

User Contributed Dictionary



From développer < desveloper (English disvelop) < desveloper.
From Fr developper<oFr desveloper<des-(L.dis-), apart + voloper, to wrap, prob. oIT viluppo, a bundle <?Faluppa, bundle of straw, infl. By [volvere, to roll]



  1. To progress.
    Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.
  2. To progress through a sequence of stages.
    Isabel developed from a tropical depression to a tropical storm to a hurricane.
    An embryo develops into a fetus and then into an infant.
  3. To create.
    I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks.
  4. To bring out images latent in photographic film.
    Please develop this roll of film.
  5. In the context of "Chess": To place ones pieces actively.
    I need to develop my white-square bishop.
  6. In the context of "snooker|pool": To cause a ball to become more open and available to be played on later. Usually by moving it away from the cushion, or by opening a pack.


to progress
to progress through stages
to create
to bring out photographic images
(chess) to place one's pieces actively
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develop in Arabic: تطوّر
develop in Czech: Vývoj
develop in Danish: Udvikling (flertydig)
develop in German: Entwicklung
develop in Basque: Garapena
develop in French: Développement
develop in Korean: 개발
develop in Indonesian: Perkembangan
develop in Dutch: Ontwikkelen
develop in Japanese: 開発
develop in Norwegian: Utvikling
develop in Portuguese: Desenvolvimento
develop in Romanian: Dezvoltare (dezambiguizare)
develop in Simple English: Development
develop in Slovak: Vývoj
develop in Swedish: Utveckling
develop in Chinese: 发展

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