verb make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation
- Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather
- They developed a new technique
verb work out
- We have developed a new theory of evolution
verb gain through experience
- I acquired a strong aversion to television
- Children must develop a sense of right and wrong
- Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position
- develop a passion for painting
verb come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)
acquire; produce; grow; get.
- He grew a beard
- The patient developed abdominal pains
- I got funny spots all over my body
- Well-developed breasts
verb come into existence; take on form or shape
originate; rise; uprise; spring up; arise; grow.
- A new religious movement originated in that country
- a love that sprang up from friendship
- the idea for the book grew out of a short story
- An interesting phenomenon uprose
verb change the use of and make available or usable
- develop land
- The country developed its natural resources
- The remote areas of the country were gradually built up
verb elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
- Could you develop the ideas in your thesis
verb create by training and teaching
educate; train; prepare.
- The old master is training world-class violinists
- we develop the leaders for the future
verb be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest;
- The plot developed slowly
verb grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment
- A flower developed on the branch
- The country developed into a mighty superpower
- The embryo develops into a fetus
- This situation has developed over a long time
verb become technologically advanced
- Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace
- Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly
verb cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development
- The perfect climate here develops the grain
- He developed a new kind of apple
verb generate gradually
- We must develop more potential customers
- develop a market for the new mobile phone
verb grow emotionally or mature
- The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten
- When he spent a summer at camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some of his old adolescent behavior
verb make visible by means of chemical solutions
- Please develop this roll of film for me
verb superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
verb move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
- Spassky developed quickly
verb move into a strategically more advantageous position
verb elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
- develop the melody and change the key
- Report the news as it develops
- These political movements recrudesce from time to time
verb expand in the form of a series
- Develop the function in the following form
De*vel"op transitive verb
) + OF. voluper
, to envelop, perh. from L. volup
agreeably, delightfully, and hence orig., to make agreeable or comfortable by enveloping, to keep snug (cf. Voluptuous
); or. perh. fr. a derivative of volvere
, to roll (cf. Devolve
). Cf. Envelop
imperfect & past participle Developed ; present participle & verbal noun Developing
- To free from that which infolds or envelops; to unfold; to lay open by degrees or in detail; to make visible or known; to disclose; to produce or give forth; as, to develop theories; a motor that develops 100 horse power.
These serve to develop its tenets.
The 20th was spent in strengthening our position and developing the line of the enemy.
- To unfold gradually, as a flower from a bud; hence, to bring through a succession of states or stages, each of which is preparatory to the next; to form or expand by a process of growth; to cause to change gradually from an embryo, or a lower state, to a higher state or form of being; as, sunshine and rain develop the bud into a flower; to develop the mind.
The sound developed itself into a real compound.
All insects . . . acquire the jointed legs before the wings are fully developed.
- To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of.
We must develop our own resources to the utmost.
- (Math.) To change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
- (Photog.) To cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view.
Syn. -- To uncover; unfold; evolve; promote; project; lay open; disclose; exhibit; unravel; disentangle.
De*vel"op intransitive verb
- To go through a process of natural evolution or growth, by successive changes from a less perfect to a more perfect or more highly organized state; to advance from a simpler form of existence to one more complex either in structure or function; as, a blossom develops from a bud; the seed develops into a plant; the embryo develops into a well-formed animal; the mind develops year by year.
Nor poets enough to understand
That life develops from within.
- To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop.
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