Synonyms of develop in English:


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1‘France's space industry developed rapidly after 1973’


grow, evolve, mature, expand, enlarge, spread, advance, progress, prosper, succeed, thrive, get on well, flourish, blossom, bloom, burgeon, make headway, be successful

informal go great guns

2‘a plan was developed to restore the company to profitability’


initiate, instigate, set in motion, put in place, institute, inaugurate, originate, invent, form, establish, fashion, generate

undertake, embark on

3‘education allows people to develop their talents to the full’


expand, enlarge, add to, flesh out, supplement, reinforce, augment, extend, broaden, fill out, embellish, enhance, elaborate, amplify, refine, improve, polish, perfect

4‘a row developed’


come into being, come about, start, begin, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, emerge, erupt, burst out, arise, originate, break, unfold, crop up, follow, happen, result, ensue, break out

formal commence

5‘he developed the disease at age 67’


fall ill with, be taken ill with, be struck down with, be stricken with, succumb to

contract, catch, get, pick up, come down with, become infected with

British go down with

informal take ill with

North American informal take sick with