develop

[ dih-vel-uh p ]
/ dɪˈvɛl əp /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. devastated,
  2. devastating,
  3. devastation,
  4. devein,
  5. devel.,
  6. developable surface,
  7. developed,
  8. developer,
  9. developing,
  10. developing agent

Origin of develop

1585–95; < Middle French développer, Old French desveloper, equivalent to des- dis-1 + voloper to wrap up; see envelop

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British Dictionary definitions for develop

develop

/ (dɪˈvɛləp) /

verb

Derived Formsdevelopable, adjective

Word Origin for develop

C19: from Old French desveloper to unwrap, from des- dis- 1 + veloper to wrap; see envelop

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Word Origin and History for develop

develop

v.

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.

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Medicine definitions for develop

develop

[ dĭ-vĕləp ]

v.

To progress from earlier to later stages of a life cycle.
To progress from earlier to later or from simpler to more complex stages of evolution.
To aid in the growth of; strengthen.
To grow by degrees into a more advanced or mature state.
To become affected with a disease; contract.

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