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English verb: develop

1. develop (creation) make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation


SamplesHer company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather.
They developed a new technique.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create


Narrower (hyponym)build


Verb groupdevelop, evolve, germinate

2. develop (creation) work out


SamplesWe have developed a new theory of evolution.


ExamplesDid he develop his major works over a short period of time?


Synonymsevolve, germinate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally


Verb groupdevelop

3. develop (change) gain through experience


SamplesI 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.


Synonymsacquire, evolve


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb groupacquire, develop, develop, develop, develop, explicate, formulate, get, grow, produce

4. develop (body) come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)


SamplesHe grew a beard.
The patient developed abdominal pains.
I got funny spots all over my body.
Well-developed breasts.


Synonymsacquire, get, grow, produce


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)cut, feather, fledge, get up, leaf, pod, pupate, regrow, spring, sprout, stock, stool, teethe, tiller, work up


Verb groupacquire, develop, evolve

5. develop (stative) come into existence; take on form or shape


SamplesA 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.


Synonymsarise, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)become


Narrower (hyponym)come, come forth, emerge, follow, head, resurge, swell, well up


Verb groupdevelop

6. develop (change) change the use of and make available or usable


SamplesDevelop land.
The country developed its natural resources.
The remote areas of the country were gradually built up.


Synonymsbuild up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate


Narrower (hyponym)redevelop, settle


Verb groupdevelop, develop, develop, develop, educate, make grow, modernise, modernize, prepare, train

7. develop (communication) elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses


SamplesCould you develop the ideas in your thesis.


Synonymsexplicate, formulate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize


Narrower (hyponym)mature, redevelop, reformulate


Verb groupacquire, develop, develop, evolve

8. develop (cognition) create by training and teaching


SamplesThe old master is training world-class violinists.
We develop the leaders for the future.


Synonymseducate, prepare, train


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach


Narrower (hyponym)drill, house-train, housebreak, retrain, toilet-train


Verb groupbuild up, develop, groom, prepare, prepare, train, train

9. develop (change) be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest


SamplesThe plot developed slowly.


Pattern of useIt ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place


Verb grouparise, break, develop, develop, develop, grow, originate, recrudesce, rise, spring up, uprise

10. develop (change) grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment


SamplesA 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.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)grow


Narrower (hyponym)adolesce, advance, age, age, bloom, blossom, blossom, blossom forth, blossom out, bud, build, build up, come along, come on, dedifferentiate, differentiate, evolve, flower, get along, get on, get on, grow, grow, incubate, maturate, maturate, mature, mature, progress, progress, senesce, shape up, spike, spike out, unfold, work up


Verb groupdevelop

11. develop (change) become technologically advanced


SamplesMany countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace.
Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly.


Synonymsmodernise, modernize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)change


Verb groupbuild up, develop

12. develop (change) cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development


SamplesThe perfect climate here develops the grain.
He developed a new kind of apple.


Synonymsmake grow


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)check, condition, discipline, elaborate, foliate, grow, train, work out, work out, work up


Causedevelop, grow


Verb groupbuild up, develop

13. develop (creation) generate gradually


SamplesWe must develop more potential customers.
Develop a market for the new mobile phone.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring forth, generate


Narrower (hyponym)make


Verb groupacquire, build up, develop, develop, evolve

14. develop (change) grow emotionally or mature


SamplesThe 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.


ExamplesSam and Sue develop


Synonymsgrow


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)make, outgrow

15. develop (perception) make visible by means of chemical solutions


SamplesPlease develop this roll of film for me.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)redevelop, solarise, solarize, underdevelop


Domain categoryphotography, photography, picture taking

16. develop (contact) superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lay over, superimpose, superpose

17. develop (competition) move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions


SamplesSpassky developed quickly.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)play


Verb groupdevelop


Domain categorychess, chess game

18. develop (competition) move into a strategically more advantageous position


SamplesDevelop the rook.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)play


Verb groupdevelop


Domain categorychess, chess game

19. develop (change) elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme


SamplesDevelop the melody and change the key.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)complicate, elaborate, rarify, refine


Verb groupacquire, develop, develop, evolve, explicate, formulate

20. develop (change) happen


SamplesReport the news as it develops.
These political movements recrudesce from time to time.


Synonymsbreak, recrudesce


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)come about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place


Verb groupdevelop

21. develop (change) expand in the form of a series


SamplesDevelop the function in the following form.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)expand


Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths









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