- An example of develop is when a teenage girl grows into a woman.
- An example of develop is when a primitive country begins to experience advancements in industry and medicine.
- An example of develop is when you create a new product.
- An example of develop is when you construct apartment buildings on land.
- to cause to grow gradually in some way to build up or expand (a business, industry, etc.) to make stronger or more effective; strengthen (muscles) to bring (something latent or hypothetical) into activity or reality to cause (one's personality, a bud, etc.) to unfold or evolve gradually to make (housing, highways, etc.) more available or extensiveChess to position (chessmen or a chessman) strategically in the early stages of a gameMusic to elaborate (a theme) as by rhythmic or melodic changesPhotog.
- to immerse (an exposed film, plate, or printing paper) in various chemical solutions in order to make the picture visible
- to make (a picture) visible by doing this
- to show or work out by degrees to make (a theme or plot) known gradually to explain more clearly; enlarge uponGeom. to change the form of (a surface); esp., to flatten out (a curved surface)Math. to work out in detail or expand (a function or expression)
Origin of developFrench développer from Old French desveloper from des- (L dis-), apart + voloper, to wrap, probably OIt viluppo, a bundle from uncertain or unknown; perhaps faluppa, bundle of straw; influenced, influence by Classical Latin volvere, to roll
- to come into being or activity; occur or happen
- to become larger, fuller, better, etc.; grow or evolve, esp. by natural processes
- to become known or apparent; be disclosed
- to progress economically, socially, and politically from an underdeveloped condition: the developing nations
verbde·vel·oped, de·vel·op·ing, de·vel·ops
- To bring from latency to or toward fulfillment: an instructor who develops the capabilities of each student.
- a. To expand or enlarge: developed a national corporation into a worldwide business.b. To aid in the growth of; strengthen: exercises that develop muscles.c. To improve the quality of; refine: develops his recipes to perfection; an extra year of study to develop virtuosic technique.
- a. To cause to become more complex or intricate; add detail and fullness to; elaborate: began with a good premise but developed it without imagination.b. Music To elaborate (a theme) with rhythmic and harmonic variations.
- a. To bring into being gradually: develop a new cottage industry.b. To set forth or clarify by degrees: developed her thesis in a series of articles.
- a. To come to have gradually; acquire: develop a taste for opera; develop a friendship.b. To become affected with; contract: developed a rash; developed agoraphobia.
- To cause gradually to acquire a specific role, function, or form, as:a. To influence the behavior of toward a specific end: an investigator who develops witnesses through flattery and intimidation.b. To cause (a tract of land or a building) to serve a particular purpose: developed the site as a community of condominiums.c. To make available and effective to fulfill a particular end or need: develop the state's water resources to serve a growing population.d. To convert or transform: developed the play into a movie.
- Games To move (a chess piece) to or toward a more strategic position.
- a. To process (a photosensitive medium such as exposed film) in order to produce a photographic image.b. To produce (a photographic image) by use of a photosensitive medium or by printing from a digital file.
- a. To grow by degrees into a more advanced or mature state: With hard work, she developed into a great writer.b. To increase or expand: Sales developed until we needed a bigger warehouse.c. To improve; advance: Their skill developed until it rivaled their teacher's.
- To come gradually into existence or activity: Tension developed between students and faculty.
- To come gradually to light; be disclosed: reports the news as it develops.
- Biology a. To progress from earlier to later stages of a life cycle: Caterpillars develop into butterflies.b. To progress from earlier to later stages of evolution: Mammals developed during the Mesozoic Era.c. To acquire secondary sex characteristics. Used especially of a girl.
Origin of developFrench développer from Old French desveloper des- dis- voloper to wrap ( possibly of Celtic origin )
(third-person singular simple present develops, present participle developing, simple past and past participle developed or developt)
- (intransitive) To change with a specific direction, progress.
- Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.
- (intransitive) To progress through a sequence of stages.
- Isabel developed from a tropical depression to a tropical storm to a hurricane. An embryo develops into a fetus and then into an infant.
- To advance; to further; to promote the growth of.
- To create.
- I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks.
- To bring out images latent in photographic film.
- Please develop this roll of film.
- To acquire something usually over a period of time.
- I have been in England enough to develop a British accent. You will develop calluses if you play the cello. She developed bad eating habits.
- (chess) To place one's pieces actively.
- I need to develop my white-square bishop.
- (snooker, pool) To cause a ball to become more open and available to be played on later. Usually by moving it away from the cushion, or by opening a pack.
- (mathematics) To change the form of (an algebraic expression, etc.) by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
- Objects: plan, software, program, product, story, idea.
From French développer from Middle French desveloper, from Old French desveloper, from des- + voloper, veloper, vloper (“to wrap, wrap up”) (compare Italian -viluppare, Old Italian alternate form goluppare (“to wrap”)) from Vulgar Latin base *vlopp-, wlopp- "to wrap" ult. from Proto-Germanic *wrappan-, *wlappan- (“to wrap, roll up, turn, wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- (“to turn, bend”) . Akin to Middle English wlappen (“to wrap, fold”) (Modern English lap "to wrap, involve, fold"), Middle English wrappen (“to wrap”), Middle Dutch lappen (“to wrap up, embrace”), Danish dialectal vravle (“to wind, twist”), Middle Low German wrempen (“to wrinkle, scrunch, distort”), Old English wearp (“warp”). The word acquired its modern meaning from the 17th century belief that an egg contains the animal in miniature and matures by growing larger and shedding its envelopes.