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Overview of verb develop

The verb develop has 21 senses? (first 14 from tagged texts)
1. (44) develop

(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. (44) evolve, germinate, develop

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

3. (41) develop, acquire, evolve

(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. (19) grow, develop, produce, get, acquire

(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. (15) originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow

(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. (12) build up, develop

(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. (6) explicate, formulate, develop

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

8. (5) train, develop, prepare, educate

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

9. (4) develop

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

10. (4) develop

(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. (3) modernize, modernise, develop

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

12. (3) develop, make grow

(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. (1) develop

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

14. (1) develop, grow

(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. develop

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

16. develop

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

17. develop

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

18. develop

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

19. develop

(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. break, recrudesce, develop

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

21. develop

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

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