mis·​de·​vel·​op ˌmis-di-ˈve-ləp How to pronounce misdevelop (audio)
misdeveloped; misdeveloping

transitive + intransitive

: to develop wrongly
… and its sap-sucking causes the developing seeds to wither and misdevelop.Leslie Powell
… there are plenty of lines of human endeavor … in which standardization is eminently proper; but it is peculiarly easy to misdevelop it into a wooden and cramping formalism.Theodore Roosevelt

Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of misdevelop was in 1843

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Cite this Entry

“Misdevelop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misdevelop. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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