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 well-developed
Piracy has transformed into a well-developed business and I am part of that business.
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.
Members of the high court have well-developed legal philosophies.
As a candidate, he had no well-developed policy on bank bailouts, fiscal stimulus, or trillion-dollar-plus deficits.
He had a dark moustache, and his chin was square and well-developed.The Fortunes of the Farrells|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The cerebrum with well-developed furrows covers the other portions of the brain.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
Moreover, the presence of definite and well-developed poison glands can easily be shown.Handbook of Medical Entomology|William Albert Riley
They are powerful, their features are regular, and their well-developed foreheads show intelligence.The Human Race|Louis Figuier
The presence of a well-developed scrotal pouch shows the specimen to be a male.American Weasels|E. Raymond Hall
British Dictionary definitions for well-developed (1 of 2)
adjective (well developed when postpositive)
British Dictionary definitions for well-developed (2 of 2)
- 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 well-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.