develop

verb
de·​vel·​op | \ di-ˈve-ləp How to pronounce develop (audio) , dē-\
developed; developing; develops

Definition of develop

transitive verb

1a : to set forth or make clear by degrees or in detail : expound develop a thesis
b : to make visible or manifest developed the scene in her mind
c dyeing : to treat with an agent to cause the appearance of color
d photography : to subject (exposed 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 (see theme sense 4)
2a : 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
3a : to make active or promote the growth of developed his muscles developing your mental abilities
b(1) : to make available or usable develop natural resources
(2) : to make suitable for commercial or residential purposes develop land
c games : to move (a chess piece) from the original position to one providing more opportunity for effective use develop the rook
4a : to cause to evolve or unfold gradually : to lead or conduct (something) through a succession of states or changes each of which is preparatory for the next developed his argument
b : to expand by a process of growth working to develop the company further
c biology : to cause to grow and differentiate along lines natural to its kind more rain will be needed to develop the plants properly
d : to become infected or affected by developed pneumonia
5 : to acquire gradually develop an appreciation for ballet

intransitive verb

1 biology

a : to go through a process of natural growth, differentiation (see differentiation sense 3), or evolution by successive changes A blossom develops from a bud.
b : to acquire secondary sex characteristics the year that her breasts fully developed
2 : to become gradually manifest the facts that developed over the next few days
3 : to come into being gradually the situation developing in eastern Europe also : turn out sense 2a it developed that no one had paid the bill

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Other Words from develop

developable \ di-​ˈve-​lə-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce developable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective

Synonyms for develop

Synonyms

elaborate, evolve, unfold

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Examples of develop in a Sentence

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.
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In March, Trump blocked Broadcom Ltd. from acquiring Qualcomm Inc., the biggest maker of mobile-phone chips, over concerns that the merger would give China an edge in the race to develop 5G. 3. Washington Post, "Why 5G Phones and Huawei Have U.S. and Europe at Odds," 18 Sep. 2019 As scientists focused on motor vehicle exhausts as a key culprit in air pollution, state officials worked to develop the nation's first vehicle emissions standards in 1966. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration moves to revoke California’s power to set stricter auto emissions standards," 17 Sep. 2019 Art Bridges is helping these two superb but offbeat places to develop a new show connecting Martin Johnson Heade’s gemlike paintings of hummingbirds and work by Cole and Church with art and science today. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 Originally, the center was used to develop biological weapons research during the Cold War Soviet era. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Gas Explosion at Russian Lab That Holds Ebola and Smallpox Samples," 17 Sep. 2019 Ultimately, Pathan and her cohort will have to develop one of these collaborations into a capstone project — and this, too, caters to her interests. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Hopkins professor Thomas Dolby aims to help the next generation score the future," 17 Sep. 2019 The aim is to develop systems that can automatically detect first-person violent events without also flagging similar footage from movies and video games. CBS News, "Facebook to train AI systems using police firearms training videos," 17 Sep. 2019 You might be inspired to put some of your ideas into practical use during November, but this may mean taking notes and waiting until January to develop a viable framework. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 17, 2019: Capricorn, be a positive force; Virgo, don’t procrastinate," 17 Sep. 2019 His hometown now embraces him fully — making him a pillar of its plans to develop tourism — as his worldwide reputation has grown and the city’s traditional industrial economy has declined. New York Times, "A Rebel French Poet Draws New Followers to the Hometown He Hated," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of develop

1714, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for develop

French développer, from Old French desveloper, desvoluper to unwrap, expose, from des- de- + envoloper to enclose — more at envelop

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develop

verb

English Language Learners 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

develop

verb
de·​vel·​op | \ di-ˈve-ləp How to pronounce develop (audio) \
developed; developing

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.

Other Words from develop

developer noun

develop

transitive verb
de·​vel·​op | \ di-ˈvel-əp How to pronounce develop (audio) \

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

intransitive verb

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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