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Definition of develop:

  1. To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of.
  2. To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop.
  3. To cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view.
  4. To change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
  5. To free from that which infolds or envelops; to unfold; to lay open by degrees or in detail; to make visible or known; to disclose; to produce or give forth; as, to develop theories; a motor that develops 100 horse power.
  6. To go through a process of natural evolution or growth, by successive changes from a less perfect to a more perfect or more highly organized state; to advance from a simpler form of existence to one more complex either in structure or function; as, a blossom develops from a bud; the seed develops into a plant; the embryo develops into a well- formed animal; the mind develops year by year.
  7. To unfold gradually, as a flower from a bud; hence, to bring through a succession of states or stages, each of which is preparatory to the next; to form or expand by a process of growth; to cause to change gradually from an embryo, or a lower state, to a higher state or form of being; as, sunshine and rain develop the bud into a flower; to develop the mind.

Synonyms:

fracture, let, turn, catch, pay back, break, shoot, advance, give voice, arise, youth, experience, narrate, contrive, discipline, receive, interrupt, pause, fall apart, dampen, fill out, produce, modernize, obtain, lift, erupt, beat, polish, bring forth, fetch, divulge, make grow, phrase, discontinue, go up, climb up, tell, improve, organise, become, have, come about, bourgeon, stimulate, detail, burgeon forth, bankrupt, break down, expose, discover, scram, decrease, ascend, break up, formulate, mystify, drive, stick, give rise, fail, unwrap, rear, bewilder, evolve, nonplus, incur, find, contract, take, stop, break off, build up, gain, bring about, sustain, set about, farm, come off, let out, mount, let on, infract, disclose, cave in, civilise, check, fill in, get under one's skin, engender, split up, capture, unroll, perplex, work up, offend, pass, uprise, jump, hide, turn out, gird, part, die, get, go, demote, state, train, surface, manifest, transgress, rebel, smash, better, get around, baffle, amaze, explicate, weaken, ramp up, maturate, modernise, machinate, break away, relegate, sire, split, bring, prepare, set out, bob up, perfect, aim, exploit, violate, summarize, organize, draw, raise, reveal, go against, bring on, crack, bugger off, pullulate, intermit, set up, take on, promote, unravel, elaborate, kick downstairs, educate, fortify, give, progress, rise, snap off, account for, labor, go bad, bust, excogitate, learn, unfold, recount, reduce, shape up, assume, get down, come, coach, build on, give way, stupefy, rail, finish, break out, win, originate, flummox, enrich, break dance, rise up, puzzle, convey, hap, give away, deepen, fix, realize, arrest, heighten, break in, get out, give out, collapse, trail, buzz off, arrive, damp, acquire, kin, disentangle, conk out, condition, word, founder, conceal, make known, dumbfound, civilize, forge, bristle, bump, overhaul, wear out, unwind, come up, refine, prove, recrudesce, adopt, pose, ruin, arm, sicken, take aim, beget, school, stand up, unfurl, germinate, beautify, move up, spud, grow, suffer, induce, show, separate, pay off, cause, vex, resurrect, burst, wax, wear, groom, fall in, expatiate, betide, spring up, climb, start out, direct, exhibit, uncover, explain, damage, soften, breach, gravel, strengthen, larn, intensify, articulate, bring out, cook, fix up, come apart, get up, gear up.

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