develop meaning

[ di'veləp ] Pronunciation:   "develop" in a sentence
  • Verb: develop  di'velup
    1. 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. Work out
      "We have developed a new theory of evolution"

    Derived forms: developed, developing, develops

    See also: developer, development

    Type of: alter, ameliorate, amend, become, better, bring forth, change, come about, complicate, conjecture, create, create by mental act, create mentally, elaborate, expand, fall out, generate, go on, grow, hap, happen, hypothecate, hypothesise [Brit], hypothesize, improve, instruct, lay over, learn, meliorate, modify, occur, pass, pass off, play, rarify, refine, speculate, superimpose, superpose, suppose, take place, teach, theorise [Brit], theorize

    Encyclopedia: Develop

  • [Business]

    1 [+ obj or no obj]

    to gradually grow or become bigger, more advanced, stronger, etc.; to make sth do this:

    It developed from a small family business into a multinational group.

    We have developed close relationships with our suppliers.

    2 [+ obj]

    to think of or produce a new idea, product, etc. and make it successful:

    He helped develop our best-selling brand.

    The company develops and markets new software.

    We have developed a marketing plan for a new product.

    The drug could cost $200 million to develop.

    3 [+ obj or no obj]

    to start to have a skill, ability, quality, etc. that becomes better and stronger; to become better and stronger:

    What new skills have you developed in the last six months?

    His confidence as a negotiator has developed.

    She's developed a real flair for management.

    4 (Property ) [+ obj]

    to build new houses, factories, etc. on an area of land, especially land that was not being used effectively before:

    The site is being developed as an airport.

    5 [+ obj]

    to start using an area of land, a mine, etc. as a source of natural materials:

    They have won a contract to develop the oil field.

  • [Medicine]
    a : to cause or undergo the growth, strengthening, or enlargement of ‹developed their muscles by weight lifting›
    b : to cause to grow and differentiate along lines natural to its kind ‹the zygote is gradually developed into the adult plant or animal›
    2 : to have (something) unfold or differentiate within one —used esp. of diseases and abnormalities ‹too many children developed tuberculosis›
    ¦ vi
    1 : to go through a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive stages ‹the fever develops normally› ‹the embryo develops into a well-formed human being›
    2 : to acquire secondary sex characteristics ‹she is developing rapidly for a girl of 12›


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  1. the jews were yet to develop their book.
  2. under the genetic plan, organs develop.
  3. in many basidiomycetes barrages develop.
  4. education develops potential abilities.
  5. develop the economy and ensure supplies.

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