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
Related Words for developevolve, advance, flourish, progress, promote, establish, grow, expand, perfect, strengthen, broaden, exploit, spread, refine, deepen, cultivate, intensify, realize, improve, form
Examples from the Web for develop
Contemporary Examples of develop
Though conversational and often witty, his meandering phrases become increasingly unpredictable as they develop.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
Therefore, we should—you guessed it—develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
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
December 15, 2014
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
December 4, 2014
They were also places for local artists to develop new works.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
Historical Examples of develop
You shall now, if I have misapprehended you not, develop a new strongness of the character.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
A few may be allowed to remain and develop for use as beets.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
It is to develop that position, and be—hum—worthy of that position.
And really they have taken me so long to develop, that here we are at home.
Without her influence no process of recording events can develop into a history.A Dish Of Orts
- 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
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.