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Definition of "develop" []

  • To bring from latency to or toward fulfillment: an instructor who develops the capabilities of each student. (verb-transitive)
  • To expand or enlarge: developed a national corporation into a worldwide business. (verb-transitive)
  • To aid in the growth of; strengthen: exercises that develop muscles. (verb-transitive)
  • To improve the quality of; refine: develops his recipes to perfection; an extra year of study to develop virtuosic technique. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to become more complex or intricate; add detail and fullness to; elaborate: began with a good premise but developed it without imagination. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "develop" in a sentence
  • "Pulping seems like an incentive to too much turnover of stock and a disincentive to let a title develop a following before it's replaced with the next hopeful big hit."
  • "The Itahari-based Swagat Tol Bikas Sanstha (STBS) today honoured the elderly to what it calls develop positive and respectful attitude towards them, to mark its fourth anniversary."
  • "A sperm cell has no individual identity - a human being cannot develop from a sperm cell, and its genetic information can make a contribution to the identity of a person only in the presence of an egg cell."