[dih-vel-uh p]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of develop

1585–95; < Middle French développer, Old French desveloper, equivalent to des- dis-1 + voloper to wrap up; see envelop
Related formsde·vel·op·a·ble, adjectivede·vel·op·a·bil·i·ty, nounhalf-de·vel·oped, adjectivehy·per·de·vel·oped, adjectivemis·de·vel·op, verbnon·de·vel·op·a·ble, adjectivepre·de·vel·op, verbun·de·vel·op·a·ble, adjectivewell-de·vel·oped, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for developed

matured, advanced, refined

Examples from the Web for developed

Contemporary Examples of developed

Historical Examples of developed

  • This system, once invented, was developed during thousands of years.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • In no such spirit has it developed its full and independent sovereignty.

  • Demarest was seriously disturbed by the situation that had developed.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • As a matter of fact, it developed that he knew nothing whatever of ground-squirrels.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Allis Porter's perceptions had been developed to an extraordinary degree.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for developed



to come or bring to a later or more advanced or expanded stage; grow or cause to grow gradually
(tr) to elaborate or work out in detail
to disclose or unfold (thoughts, a plot, etc) gradually or (of thoughts, etc) to be gradually disclosed or unfolded
to come or bring into existence; generate or be generatedhe developed a new faith in God
(intr often foll by from) to follow as a result (of); ensue (from)a row developed following the chairman's remarks
(tr) to contract (a disease or illness)
(tr) to improve the value or change the use of (land), as by building
(tr) to exploit or make available the natural resources of (a country or region)
(tr) photog
  1. 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
  2. to process (photographic material) in order to produce negatives and prints
biology to progress or cause to progress from simple to complex stages in the growth of an individual or the evolution of a species
(tr) to elaborate upon (a musical theme) by varying the melody, key, etc
(tr) maths to expand (a function or expression) in the form of a series
(tr) geometry to project or roll out (a surface) onto a plane without stretching or shrinking any element
chess to bring (a piece) into play from its initial position on the back rank
(tr) obsolete to disclose or reveal
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 developed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

developed in Medicine




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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