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Meaning of develop

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      v 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" [syn:
         {evolve}, {germinate}, {develop}]
      3: 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" [syn: {develop},
         {acquire}, {evolve}]
      4: 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" [syn: {grow}, {develop}, {produce},
         {get}, {acquire}]
      5: 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" [syn: {originate},
         {arise}, {rise}, {develop}, {uprise}, {spring up}, {grow}]
      6: 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" [syn:
         {build up}, {develop}]
      7: elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop
         the ideas in your thesis" [syn: {explicate}, {formulate},
      8: create by training and teaching; "The old master is training
         world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the
         future" [syn: {train}, {develop}, {prepare}, {educate}]
      9: be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The
         plot developed slowly";
      10: 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: become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are
          now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is
          modernizing rapidly" [syn: {modernize}, {modernise},
      12: 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" [syn: {develop},
          {make grow}]
      13: generate gradually; "We must develop more potential
          customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
      14: 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" [syn: {develop}, {grow}]
      15: make visible by means of chemical solutions; "Please develop
          this roll of film for me"
      16: superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without
          stretching, in geometry
      17: move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous
          positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
      18: move into a strategically more advantageous position;
          "develop the rook"
      19: 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: happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political
          movements recrudesce from time to time" [syn: {break},
          {recrudesce}, {develop}]
      21: expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the
          following form"

Source : WordNet ® Princeton University. 2010.

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