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  1. de·vel·op
    IPA[dəˈveləp]
  2. verb

    • 1. grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate:

      motion pictures developed into mass entertainment entrepreneurs develop their skills through trial and error
      Synonym : grow, evolve, mature, expand, enlarge, spread, advance, progress, prosper, succeed, thrive, get on well, flourish, blossom, bloom, burgeon, make headway, be successful, go great guns, initiate, instigate, set in motion, put in place, institute, inaugurate, originate, invent, form, establish, fashion, generate, undertake, embark on
    • 2. (of a poor agricultural country) become more economically and socially advanced:

      the country is developing at a rapid rate and the economy is booming
    • 3. convert (land) to a new purpose by constructing buildings or making other use of its resources:

      plans to develop the area
    • 4. construct or convert (a building) so as to improve existing resources:

      the company developed a chain of hotels
    • 5. elaborate (a musical theme) by modification of the melody, harmony, or rhythm:

      the piano develops the melody into a short cadenza
    • 6. convert (a curved surface) conceptually into a plane figure as if by unrolling.

    • 7. expand (a function, etc.) in the form of a series.

    • 8. start to exist, experience, or possess:

      a strange closeness developed I developed an interest in law a head injury that caused him to develop a rare form of memory loss
      Synonym : come into being, come about, start, begin, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, emerge, erupt, burst out, arise, originate, break, unfold, crop up, follow, happen, result, ensue, break out, commence, fall ill with, be taken ill with, be struck down with, be stricken with, succumb to, contract, catch, get, pick up, come down with, become infected with, go down with, take ill with, take sick with
    • 9. treat (a photographic film) with chemicals to make a visible image:

      she came to get the film developed
    • 10. bring (a piece) into play from its initial position on a player's back rank:

      he preferred to develop his bishop on e7
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: develop, 3rd person present: develops, gerund or present participle: developing, past tense: developed, past participle: developed

    • verb

      grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate:

      (of a poor agricultural country) become more economically and socially advanced:

    • adjective

      advanced or elaborated to a specified degree:

      (of a person or part of the body) having specified physical proportions:

    • adjective

      advanced or elaborated to a specified degree:

      (of a person or part of the body) having specified physical proportions:

    • adjective

      highly or fully developed:
    • adjective

      highly or fully developed:
    • noun

      a Third World or nonindustrialized country.
    • noun

      a Third World or non-industrialized country.
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