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[uhn-der-di-vel-uh p]
verb (used with object)
  1. to develop (something) short of the required amount: to underdevelop film.
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Origin of underdevelop

Related formsun·der·de·vel·op·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for underdevelop


  1. (tr) photog to process (a film, plate, or paper) in developer for less than the required time, or at too low a temperature, or in an exhausted solution
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Derived Formsunderdevelopment, noun
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