Develop meaning

dĭ-vĕləp
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.

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.

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To bring from latency to or toward fulfillment.

An instructor who develops the capabilities of each student.

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To aid in the growth of; strengthen.
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To change the form of (a surface); esp., to flatten out (a curved surface)
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To become larger, fuller, better, etc.; grow or evolve, esp. by natural processes.
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To progress from earlier to later stages of a life cycle.
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To elaborate (a theme) as by rhythmic or melodic changes.
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To explain more clearly; enlarge upon.
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To work out in detail or expand (a function or expression)
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To come into being or activity; occur or happen.
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To become known or apparent; be disclosed.
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To progress economically, socially, and politically from an underdeveloped condition.

The developing nations.

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To grow by degrees into a more advanced or mature state.
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To become affected with a disease; contract.
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(intransitive) To change with a specific direction, progress.

Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.

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(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.

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To advance; to further; to promote the growth of.
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To create.

I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks.

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To bring out images latent in photographic film.

Please develop this roll of film.

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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.

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(chess) To place one's pieces actively.

I need to develop my white-square bishop.

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(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.
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(mathematics) To change the form of (an algebraic expression, etc.) by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
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To build up or expand (a business, industry, etc.)
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To make stronger or more effective; strengthen (muscles)
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To bring (something latent or hypothetical) into activity or reality.
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To cause (one's personality, a bud, etc.) to unfold or evolve gradually.
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To make (housing, highways, etc.) more available or extensive.
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To position (chessmen or a chessman) strategically in the early stages of a game.
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To cause gradually to acquire a specific role, function, or form, as:
  • To influence the behavior of toward a specific end.
    An investigator who develops witnesses through flattery and intimidation.
  • To cause (a tract of land or a building) to serve a particular purpose.
    Developed the site as a community of condominiums.
  • To make available and effective to fulfill a particular end or need.
    Develop the state's water resources to serve a growing population.
  • To convert or transform.
    Developed the play into a movie.
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To move (a chess piece) to or toward a more strategic position.
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To come gradually into existence or activity.

Tension developed between students and faculty.

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To come gradually to light; be disclosed.

Reports the news as it develops.

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To make (a theme or plot) known gradually.
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Origin of develop

  • French développer from Old French desveloper des- dis- voloper to wrap (possibly of Celtic origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary