Definition of DEVELOP

to gradually become clearer or more detailed <as the story of the bombing developed, the scope of the tragedy became more apparent>
to come to have gradually <the youngster developed a taste for green olives>
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
to become mature <the wine is developing nicely in the new oak barrels>
Related Words mellow, soften; bloom, blossom, burgeon (also bourgeon), flourish, flower; open, unfold; advance, evolve; get along, get on, gray (also grey)
to express more fully and in greater detail <marketing people developed the initial idea into a complete promotional campaign>
Synonyms amplify, develop, dilate (on or upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on or upon), flesh (out)
to produce or bring about especially by long or repeated effort <outside consultants helped the company develop an effective marketing strategy>
Synonyms carve (out), develop, forge, grind (out), thrash (out), work out, work up

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