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Synonyms and Antonyms of develop

  1. 1 to gradually become clearer or more detailed <as the story of the bombing developed, the scope of the tragedy became more apparent> Synonyms elaborate, evolve, unfold Related Words advance, fare, forge, get along, get on, march, proceed, progress; blossom, grow, mature, ripen; materialize; emerge, play out

  2. 2 to come to have gradually <the youngster developed a taste for green olives> Synonyms acquire, cultivate, form Related Words absorb, adopt, embrace, take in, take on; gain, get, obtain; achieve, attain, reach; foster, nourish, nurture, promote Near Antonyms abandon, desert, forsake; cast, discard, ditch, dump, fling (off or away), jettison, junk, reject, scrap, shed, shuck (off), slough (also sluff), throw away, throw out, unload Antonyms lose

  3. 3 to become mature <the wine is developing nicely in the new oak barrels> Synonyms age, mature, grow, grow up, progress, ripenRelated Words mellow, soften; bloom, blossom, burgeon (also bourgeon), flourish, flower; open, unfold; advance, evolve; get along, get on, gray (also grey)Near Antonyms decay, decline, degenerate, deteriorate, sink, worsen; droop, dry, fade, flag, sag, shrivel, wane, waste (away), weaken, wilt, wither; regress, retrogress, revert; backslide, lapse, return

  4. 4 to express more fully and in greater detail <marketing people developed the initial idea into a complete promotional campaign> Synonyms amplify, expand, dilate (on or upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on or upon), flesh (out)Related Words add (to), complement, supplement; discourse, expatiate, ramble, run onNear Antonyms compress, contract; outline, summarize, sum upAntonyms abbreviate, abridge, condense, shorten

  5. 5 to produce or bring about especially by long or repeated effort <outside consultants helped the company develop an effective marketing strategy> Synonyms carve (out), hammer out, forge, grind (out), thrash (out), work out, work upRelated Words churn out, crank out, turn out; cobble (together or up), throw up; compose, construct, craft, create, engineer, fabricate, fashion, form, frame, generate, manufacture, mint, model, shape, tailor; conceive, concoct, contrive, cook (up), devise, hatch, invent, originate; accomplish, achieve, bring off, carry out, effectNear Antonyms demolish, destroy, dismantle, raze, tear down; ruin, undo, unmake, wreck

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