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Dictionary definition for: Develop

1. (v) 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. (v) work out; "We have developed a new theory of evolution"

3. (v) 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"

4. (v) 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"

5. (v) 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"

6. (v) 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"

7. (v) elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"

8. (v) create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists" "we develop the leaders for the future"

9. (v) be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly"

10. (v) 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

11. (v) become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace" "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"

12. (v) 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"

13. (v) generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers" "develop a market for the new mobile phone"

14. (v) 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"

15. (v) make visible by means of chemical solutions; "Please develop this roll of film for me"

16. (v) superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry

17. (v) move one''s pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; "Spassky developed quickly"

18. (v) move into a strategically more advantageous position; "develop the rook"

19. (v) 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. (v) happen; "Report the news as it develops" "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"

21. (v) expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the following form"

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