part of speech: verb

inflections: develops, developing, developed

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

definition 2: to cause to gain strength; cause to grow.

  • He tried to develop his muscles by lifting weights.

synonyms: strengthen

definition 3: to bring into being or operation; generate.

  • Scientists are developing a new kind of plastic.

synonyms: establish, generate, institute

definition 4: to treat with chemicals so as to create a photographic image.

  • He develops his own film.

definition 5: to become stronger; grow.

  • Teenagers develop at a rapid pace.

synonyms: advance, grow, strengthen

definition 6: to come into being or operation.

  • The tadpoles will develop into frogs.

synonyms: become, evolve

derivation: developed (adj.)