1 bring out or forth, advance, expand (on or upon), broaden, enlarge (on or upon), amplify, evolve, expatiate (on or upon), elaborate (on or upon), reveal, lay open, expose, unfold, disclose, bare, (cause to) grow, realize the potential (of); cultivate, improve, promote, exploit, strengthen:
The plot is fine, but the characters need to be developed more fully. It is the aim of the school to develop the students' natural abilities.
2 (make) grow, mature, ripen, age, expand; flower, blossom, bloom, increase:
You can't develop that idea without financial backing. These shrubs will be fully developed next year.
3 exhibit, display, show, demonstrate, manifest:
She has recently developed an interest in cooking.
4 emerge, arise, appear, come out, come to light, evolve, originate, begin, commence, happen, occur, come about; come forth, result:
A serious fault has developed in the rocket's fuel line. His natural talent for music developed when he joined the school band.