Simple Definition of develop
: to cause (something) to grow or become bigger or more advanced
: to grow or become bigger or more advanced
: to create (something) over a period of time
Full Definition of develop
1 a : to set forth or make clear by degrees or in detail : expound <develop a thesis> b : to make visible or manifest c : to treat (as in dyeing) with an agent to cause the appearance of color d : to subject (exposed photograph material) especially to chemicals in order to produce a visible image <develop film>; also : to make visible by such a method <develop pictures> e : to elaborate (a musical idea) by the working out of rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
2 a : to work out the possibilities of <develop an idea> b : to create or produce especially by deliberate effort over time <develop new ways of doing business> <develop software>
3 a : to make active or promote the growth of <developed his muscles> b (1) : to make available or usable <develop natural resources> (2) : to make suitable for commercial or residential purposes <develop land> c : to move (as a chess piece) from the original position to one providing more opportunity for effective use
4 a : to cause to unfold gradually <developed his argument> b : to expand by a process of growth <working to develop the company further> c : to cause to grow and differentiate along lines natural to its kind <rain and sun develop the grain> d : to become infected or affected by <developed pneumonia>
5 : to acquire gradually <develop an appreciation for ballet>
1 a : to go through a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive changes <a blossom develops from a bud> b : to acquire secondary sex characteristics
2 : to become gradually manifest
3 : to come into being gradually <the situation developing in eastern Europe>; also : turn out 2a <it developed that no one had paid the bill>
Examples of develop
She has been exercising regularly to develop her back muscles.
The story was later developed into a novel.
The island has developed its economy around tourism.
The course is designed to develop your writing skills.
A blossom develops from a bud.
The doctor says that the child is developing normally.
In this class, we will be learning about how languages develop.
Scientists are developing a treatment for the disease.
The company has developed a new method for recycling old tires.
He develops the concept more fully in his book.
Origin of develop
French développer, from Old French desveloper, desvoluper to unwrap, expose, from des- de- + envoloper to enclose — more at envelop
First Known Use: 1750
Rhymes with develop
DEVELOP Defined for Kids
Definition of develop
1 : to make or become plain little by little : unfold <From the microscopic point of Boone's pencil there developed a most amazing scene. — Lynne Reid Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard>
2 : to apply chemicals to exposed photographic material (as a film) in order to bring out the picture
3 : to bring out the possibilities of : improve <develop an idea>
4 : to make more available or usable <develop land>
5 : to begin to have gradually <develop a cough>
6 : to begin to exist or be present gradually <A romance developed between them.>
7 : to create over time <develop new medicines>
8 : to grow or cause to grow bigger, more mature, or more advanced <He's developing his muscles with exercise.>
Medical Definition of develop
1a: to make active or promote the growth of <developed their muscles by weight lifting>b: to cause to grow and differentiate along lines natural to its kind <the zygote is gradually developed into the adult plant or animal>
2: to become infected or affected by <developed pneumonia>
1: to go through a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive stages <the fever develops normally> <the embryo develops into a well-formed human being>
2: to acquire secondary sex characteristics <she is developing rapidly for a girl of 12>
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