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
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
adjective (well developed when postpositive)
- 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
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.