verb (used with object)
- to cause to go through the process of natural evolution from a previous and lower stage.
- to cause to progress from an embryonic to an adult form.
- to render visible (the latent image on an exposed film or the like).
- to treat (an exposed film or the like) with chemicals so as to render the latent image visible.
verb (used without object)
- to progress from an embryonic to an adult form.
- to progress from earlier to later stages of ontogeny or phylogeny.
- to reach sexual maturity.
Origin of develop
Examples from the Web for develop
Though conversational and often witty, his meandering phrases become increasingly unpredictable as they develop.
Therefore, we should—you guessed it—develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline|Jay Michaelson|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I'm not sure whether we'd ever develop two different versions simultaneously.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt’s Plans For ‘Ghostbusters’ Film|William Boot|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There are some potential solutions, but all of them mean spending more money to develop new missiles.Pentagon Worries That Russia Can Now Outshoot U.S. Stealth Jets|Dave Majumdar|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were also places for local artists to develop new works.
This enabled Trade Unions to develop with a large measure of freedom.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
Asparagus is said to strengthen and develop the artistic faculties.Food Remedies|Florence Daniel
But beneficial habits may, under the fostering care of selection, develop into instincts.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
On the other hand there is this to be said for it, that it is seldom found, like drunkenness, to develop into a habit.
His wife was supporting the family by keeping boarders, and he began to develop a morbid jealousy of her.
British Dictionary definitions for develop
- to treat (film, plate, or paper previously exposed to light, or the latent image in such material) with chemical solutions in order to produce a visible image
- to process (photographic material) in order to produce negatives and prints
Word Origin for develop
Word Origin and History for develop
1650s, "unroll, unfold," from French développer, replacing English disvelop (1590s, from Middle French desveloper), both from Old French desveloper "unwrap, unfurl, unveil; reveal the meaning of, explain," from des- "undo" + veloper "wrap up," of uncertain origin, possibly Celtic or Germanic. Modern figurative use is 18c. The photographic sense is from 1845; the real estate sense is from 1890.