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develop

de·vel·op

develop

 
 
pronunciation:
dih ve lp
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part of speech: verb
inflections: developed, developing, develops
definition 1: to bring out the potential of; advance to a more complete or more effective condition.
Try to develop your best qualities.
synonyms:
further
similar words:
advance, enhance, germinate, improve, perfect, plan, promote, reinforce
definition 2: to cause to gain strength; cause to grow.
He tried to develop his muscles by lifting weights.
synonyms:
strengthen
similar words:
build, germinate, grow, mature, ripen
definition 3: to bring into being or operation; generate.
Scientists are developing a new kind of plastic.
synonyms:
establish, generate, institute
similar words:
breed, constitute, create, form, hatch, originate
definition 4: to treat with chemicals so as to create a photographic image.
He develops his own film.
similar words:
print, process
definition 5: to become stronger; grow.
Teenagers develop at a rapid pace.
synonyms:
advance, grow, strengthen
similar words:
amount, bloom, blossom, build, flower, germinate, mature, progress, ripen
definition 6: to come into being or operation.
The tadpoles will develop into frogs.
synonyms:
become, evolve
similar words:
amount, breed, form, originate, shape
derivation: developed (adj.)
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