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 developed
Rates are thought to be similar in developed countries around the world.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Four weeks after the injections, all 20 of the participants had developed the antibodies needed to stave off the infection.
Family members say he developed also liver cancer after his capture.
Similar reinforced plinths were developed by the Getty museums in Los Angeles to absorb the seismic movements there.
At this point, the developed world takes the internet for granted.
A rancid fat is one in which have been developed compounds of an odoriferous nature.Soap-Making Manual|E. G. Thomssen
The modern law in countries which take their law from Rome has developed this decisive limitation.An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law|Roscoe Pound
In my own work, the plan I had outlined for myself I developed day by day.One Way Out|William Carleton
It was in her later life that Jane Clemens had developed this particular passion.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
Primarily he developed his dancing as something which should make people laugh.Pieces of Hate|Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for developed
- 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 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.