To develop is defined as to grow or to become more advanced, or can mean to cause something to grow, or to build improvements on land.verb
- 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 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 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: Fr développer < OFr desveloper < des- (L dis-), apart + voloper, to wrap, prob. OIt viluppo, a bundle < ? faluppa, bundle of straw; infl. by L 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
- developable adjective
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verb de·vel·oped, de·vel·op·ing, de·vel·ops verb, transitive
- 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) 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 material), especially with chemicals, in order to render a recorded image visible.b. To render (an image) visible by this means.
- a. To grow by degrees into a more advanced or mature state: With hard work, she developed into a great writer. See Synonyms at mature.b. To increase or expand.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 or from simpler to more complex stages of evolution.
Origin: French développer, from Old French desveloper : des-, dis- + voloper, to wrap (possibly of Celtic origin).
- de·velˈop·a·ble adjective
develop - Medical Definition
- To progress from earlier to later stages of a life cycle.
- To progress from earlier to later or from simpler to more complex stages of evolution.
- To aid in the growth of; strengthen.
- To grow by degrees into a more advanced or mature state.
- To become affected with a disease; contract.