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

Other Words from develop

developable \ di-​ˈve-​lə-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce develop (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 The Cosori Max is one of the best air fryers in our book (associate food editor Rachel Gurjar used it to develop her air fryer recipes). Bon Appétit, 23 Nov. 2021 GANs were originally used to develop deepfakes, fake images that look incredibly realistic. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2021 The race to develop a vaccine against every coronavirus How to put a vaccine card on your phone How to find a vaccine appointment and what to expect Need a face mask? Adam Rogers, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 Pfizer, a far bigger and more established company, did not take Operation Warp Speed money to develop its vaccine, as Moderna did. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Both countries are looking to rebuild trust after the US struck a surprise deal with Australia in September to help that country develop nuclear submarines, sinking a French submarine contract with Australia in the process. Jeremy Diamond, CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 That’s the underlying concept behind Mightier, a start-up dedicated to providing families with tools to help their children develop coping mechanisms through the use of a blend of video games and biofeedback. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Upon reuniting in the present day, the gang discovers that their real mission was to help Earth develop until the birth of a new Celestial from its core, which is an apocalyptic event. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 5 Nov. 2021 The gorillas' caretakers facilitate cooperative participation with the other gorillas while feeding the infant through a protective barrier — a technique that staff said will help the baby develop appropriately among his gorilla family at all times. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 4 Nov. 2021

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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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