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develop

verb

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 of develop elaborate, evolve, unfold Words Related to develop 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 of develop acquire, cultivate, form Words Related to develop absorb, adopt, embrace, take in, take on; gain, get, obtain; achieve, attain, reach; foster, nourish, nurture, promote Near Antonyms of develop 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 of develop lose

  3. 3 to become mature the wine is developing nicely in the new oak barrels Synonyms of develop age, mature, grow, grow up, progress, ripenWords Related to develop mellow, soften; bloom, blossom, burgeon (also bourgeon), flourish, flower; open, unfold; advance, evolve; get along, get on, gray (also grey)Near Antonyms of develop 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 of develop amplify, expand, dilate (on or upon), elaborate (on), enlarge (on or upon), flesh (out)Words Related to develop add (to), complement, supplement; discourse, expatiate, ramble, run onNear Antonyms of develop compress, contract; outline, summarize, sum upAntonyms of develop 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 of develop carve (out), hammer out, forge, grind (out), thrash (out), work out, work upWords Related to develop 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 of develop demolish, destroy, dismantle, raze, tear down; ruin, undo, unmake, wreck



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