[ dih-vel-uh-ping ]
/ dɪˈvɛl ə pɪŋ /


undergoing development; growing; evolving.
(of a nation or geographical area) having a standard of living or level of industrial production well below that possible with financial or technical aid; not yet highly industrialized: the developing world.

Origin of developing

First recorded in 1765–75; develop + -ing2


non·de·vel·op·ing, adjectiveself-de·vel·op·ing, adjectiveun·de·vel·op·ing, adjective

Definition for developing (2 of 2)

[ dih-vel-uh p ]
/ dɪˈvɛl əp /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for developing

/ (dɪˈvɛləp) /


Derived forms of develop

developable, 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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Medicine definitions for developing

[ dĭ-vĕləp ]


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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