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 for develop
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Develop \De*vel"op\ (d[-e]*v[e^]l"[o^]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
     Developed; p. pr. & vb. n. Developing.] [F. d['e]veloper;
     d['e]- (L. dis-) + OF. voluper, voleper, to envelop, perh.
     from L. volup agreeably, delightfully, and hence orig., to
     make agreeable or comfortable by enveloping, to keep snug
     (cf. Voluptuous); or. perh. fr. a derivative of volvere,
     volutum, to roll (cf. Devolve). Cf. Envelop.] [Written
     also develope.]
     1. To free from that which infolds or envelops; to unfold; to
        lay open by degrees or in detail; to make visible or
        known; to disclose; to produce or give forth; as, to
        develop theories; a motor that develops 100 horse power.
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              These serve to develop its tenets.    --Milner.
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              The 20th was spent in strengthening our position and
              developing the line of the enemy.     --The Century.
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     2. To unfold gradually, as a flower from a bud; hence, to
        bring through a succession of states or stages, each of
        which is preparatory to the next; to form or expand by a
        process of growth; to cause to change gradually from an
        embryo, or a lower state, to a higher state or form of
        being; as, sunshine and rain develop the bud into a
        flower; to develop the mind.
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              The sound developed itself into a real compound.
                                                    --J. Peile.
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              All insects . . . acquire the jointed legs before
              the wings are fully developed.        --Owen.
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     3. To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase;
        to promote the growth of.
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              We must develop our own resources to the utmost.
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     4. (Math.) To change the form of, as of an algebraic
        expression, by executing certain indicated operations
        without changing the value.
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     5. (Photog.) To cause to become visible, as an invisible or
        latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical
        agents; to bring to view.
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     To develop a curved surface on a plane (Geom.), to produce
        on the plane an equivalent surface, as if by rolling the
        curved surface so that all parts shall successively touch
        the plane.
     Syn: To uncover; unfold; evolve; promote; project; lay open;
          disclose; exhibit; unravel; disentangle.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Develop \De*vel"op\, v. i.
     1. To go through a process of natural evolution or growth, by
        successive changes from a less perfect to a more perfect
        or more highly organized state; to advance from a simpler
        form of existence to one more complex either in structure
        or function; as, a blossom develops from a bud; the seed
        develops into a plant; the embryo develops into a
        well-formed animal; the mind develops year by year.
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              Nor poets enough to understand
              That life develops from within.       --Mrs.
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     2. To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive
        paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of
        the conspirators develop.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: make something new, such as a product or a mental or
           artistic creation; "Her company developed a new kind of
           building material that withstands all kinds of weather";
           "They developed a new technique"
      2: work out; "We have developed a new theory of evolution" [syn:
         evolve, germinate, develop]
      3: gain through experience; "I acquired a strong aversion to
         television"; "Children must develop a sense of right and
         wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new
         position"; "develop a passion for painting" [syn: develop,
         acquire, evolve]
      4: come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and
         attributes); "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed
         abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body";
         "Well-developed breasts" [syn: grow, develop, produce,
         get, acquire]
      5: come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious
         movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up
         from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short
         story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose" [syn: originate,
         arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow]
      6: change the use of and make available or usable; "develop
         land"; "The country developed its natural resources"; "The
         remote areas of the country were gradually built up" [syn:
         build up, develop]
      7: elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop
         the ideas in your thesis" [syn: explicate, formulate,
      8: create by training and teaching; "The old master is training
         world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the
         future" [syn: train, develop, prepare, educate]
      9: be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The
         plot developed slowly";
      10: grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of
          evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive
          environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The
          country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo
          develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a
          long time"
      11: become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are
          now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is
          modernizing rapidly" [syn: modernize, modernise,
      12: cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its
          natural development; "The perfect climate here develops the
          grain"; "He developed a new kind of apple" [syn: develop,
          make grow]
      13: generate gradually; "We must develop more potential
          customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
      14: grow emotionally or mature; "The child developed beautifully
          in her new kindergarten"; "When he spent a summer at camp,
          the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old
          adolescent behavior" [syn: develop, grow]
      15: make visible by means of chemical solutions; "Please develop
          this roll of film for me"
      16: superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without
          stretching, in geometry
      17: move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous
          positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
      18: move into a strategically more advantageous position;
          "develop the rook"
      19: elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the
          working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the
          theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
      20: happen; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political
          movements recrudesce from time to time" [syn: break,
          recrudesce, develop]
      21: expand in the form of a series; "Develop the function in the
          following form"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  336 Moby Thesaurus words for "develop":
     accrue, accumulate, achieve, acquire, actualize, add to, advance,
     affect, age, aggrandize, ameliorate, amend, amplify, appear,
     appreciate, apprentice, arise, attain, attain majority, attend,
     augment, balloon, bare, bear fruit, beautify, become of, befall,
     beget, begin, betide, betoken, bloat, bloom, blossom, blow up,
     blueprint, boom, brandish, break, break in, break the seal,
     breathe, breed, brew, bring forth, bring forward, bring into being,
     bring into view, bring out, bring to light, bring to notice,
     bring up, broaden, build, build up, bulk, bulk out, burgeon,
     call into being, chance, coin, come, come about, come along,
     come forth, come of, come of age, come on, come out, come to light,
     come to maturity, commence, complete, conceive, concoct, condition,
     contrive, cook up, crescendo, crown, culminate, cultivate, dangle,
     demonstrate, descant, design, detail, devise, dilate, discipline,
     disclose, discover, dismask, display, distend, divulge,
     do to perfection, dramatize, draw the veil, dream up, drill,
     elaborate, embellish, embody, emerge, enact, end, engender,
     enlarge, enlarge upon, ensue, establish, eventuate, evidence,
     evince, evolute, evolve, exercise, exhibit, expand, expatiate,
     explicate, exploit, expose, expose to view, express, extend,
     fabricate, fall out, fare, fetch up, fill out, finish, fit, flaunt,
     fledge, flourish, flower, follow, form, foster, frame, gain,
     gain ground, gain strength, gather, generate, germinate, get,
     get ahead, get along, give being to, give rise to, give sign,
     give token, go ahead, go forward, go up, graduate, greaten, groom,
     grow, grow better, grow up, happen, hatch, highlight, hike,
     hike up, house-train, housebreak, huff, hypertrophy, illuminate,
     impart, improve, improvise, incarnate, increase, indicate, inflate,
     intensify, invent, issue, lay bare, lay open, leave the nest,
     let daylight in, let out, lick into shape, look up, magnify,
     make clear, make do with, make headway, make plain, make progress,
     make strides, make up, manifest, materialize, maturate, mature,
     mean, meliorate, mellow, mend, mint, mount, multiply, mushroom,
     nurse, nurture, obtain, occur, open, open up, originate, outgrow,
     overdevelop, overgrow, overtop, pan out, parade, particularize,
     perfect, perform, perk up, pick up, plan, polish, practice,
     prepare, present, print, process, procreate, produce, progress,
     proliferate, promote, prosper, prove, prove to be, puff, puff up,
     pullulate, pump, pump up, put in tune, put to school, raise,
     raise the curtain, rarefy, reach, reach manhood, reach twenty-one,
     reach voting age, ready, realize, rear, refine, rehearse,
     rehearse in extenso, relate at large, represent, reproduce, result,
     reveal, ripen, rise, roll out, run up, season, send to school,
     set forth, settle down, shape up, shoot up, show, show forth,
     show improvement, show up, skyrocket, snowball, spawn, spotlight,
     spread, spring up, sprout, sprout up, strengthen, stretch,
     strike out, strip bare, sufflate, swell, take in hand, take off,
     temper, terminate, think out, think up, thrive, toga virilis,
     token, tower, train, transpire, trot out, tumefy, turn out,
     uncloak, uncover, undrape, unfold, unfurl, unkennel, unmask,
     unpack, unroll, unscreen, unsheathe, unshroud, unveil, unwrap, up,
     upshoot, upspear, upspring, upsprout, vegetate, wave, wax, widen,
     work out

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