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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Joan is a #SheBelieves Champion for the U.S. Soccer Organization developing a national leadership curriculum and currently serves on the board of Girls Inc of NYC. NBC News, "Time to jump ship? Ask yourself these 5 questions before you quit your job," 10 Dec. 2019 Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are working on developing hearing protection for canines on the battlefield. USA TODAY, "White Sands dust-up, distracted-driving cams, hog rules: News from around our 50 states," 10 Dec. 2019 Temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday are predicted to drop into the 20s across the state, and some patchy ice may develop on wet roads, especially bridges and overpasses, the agency said. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, "Forecasters: Snow possible across parts of Arkansas," 10 Dec. 2019 And there were years of research into developing an efficient and consistent method of production. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Old Sparrows Point steel mill sprouts new businesses, including a new kind of indoor farm," 10 Dec. 2019 Consequently, the government often takes on the earliest and greatest capital and entrepreneurial risk, funding and developing the discoveries that eventually fuel the markets of tomorrow. Wired, "Industry Must Team up With Government to Keep America on Top," 10 Dec. 2019 Three people have been hospitalized and one person developed hemolytic uremic syndrome — a type of kidney failure. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "CDC: Bagged salad kit is likely source of new E. coli outbreak," 10 Dec. 2019 To take a look at what this could mean, the authors developed two scenarios. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Evaluating the risks of Africans opting for coal power," 9 Dec. 2019 The Blue Knights then went on to win 10 games in a row following the loss, as junior Brady Lafferty settled into his role as starting quarterback, and the defense developed into one of the area’s best units. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "High school football: Everything you need to know about Monday’s state semifinal games," 9 Dec. 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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The first known use of develop was in 1714

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13 Dec 2019

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“Develop.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/develop. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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develop

verb
How to pronounce develop (audio)

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
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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