- to bring out the capabilities or possibilities of; bring to a more advanced or effective state: to develop natural resources; to develop one's musical talent.
- to cause to grow or expand: to develop one's muscles.
- to elaborate or expand in detail: to develop a theory.
- to bring into being or activity; generate; evolve.
- Drafting. to transfer the details of (a more or less two-dimensional design, pattern, or the like) from one surface, especially one that is prismatic or cylindrical, onto another, usually planar, in such a way that the distances between points remain the same.
- 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.
- Mathematics. to express in an extended form, as in a series.
- Music. to unfold, by various technical means, the inherent possibilities of (a theme).
- 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.
- Chess. to bring (a piece) into effective play, especially during the initial phase of a game when pieces are moved from their original position on the board: He developed his rook by castling.
- Mining. to prepare (a new mine) for working by digging access openings and building necessary structures.
- to grow into a more mature or advanced state; advance; expand: She is developing into a good reporter.
- to come gradually into existence or operation; be evolved.
- to be disclosed; become evident or manifest: The plot of the novel developed slowly.
- to undergo developing, as a photographic film.
- 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
Related Words for well-developedrounded, shapely, leading, onward, ahead, deformed, unmade, forth, progressive, progressing, developed, experienced, full-grown, grown, grown-up, mature, qualified, seasoned, skilled, trained
Examples from the Web for well-developed
Contemporary Examples of well-developed
Piracy has transformed into a well-developed business and I am part of that business.The Pirate Negotiator
November 14, 2013
Three months ago, what was on display was the well-developed British talent for carping, sneering, and nitpicking.Britain Gets Its Groove Back
September 16, 2012
Members of the high court have well-developed legal philosophies.The Supreme Court’s Health-Care Stock Problem
March 28, 2012
As a candidate, he had no well-developed policy on bank bailouts, fiscal stimulus, or trillion-dollar-plus deficits.Palin's Brilliant 2012 Play
July 7, 2009
Historical Examples of well-developed
I knew how to draw a little, and had a well-developed sense of colour.My Double Life
But other members of the group to which the whale belongs have well-developed teeth in both jaws.
In short, to be a good scout is to be a well-developed, well-informed boy.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
If for twenty-four, we might have the liquid charged with well-developed bacteria.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
Intelligent also must they be, of well-developed and well-trained minds.Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries
- carefully or extensively elaborated or evolved
- 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
- 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
- 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
Word Origin for develop
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.
- 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.