What does develop mean?

Definitions for develop
dɪˈvɛl əpde·vel·op

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word develop.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. develop(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"

  2. evolve, germinate, develop(verb)

    work out

    "We have developed a new theory of evolution"

  3. develop, acquire, evolve(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"

  4. grow, develop, produce, get, acquire(verb)

    come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and attributes)

    "He grew a beard"; "The patient developed abdominal pains"; "I got funny spots all over my body"; "Well-developed breasts"

  5. originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow(verb)

    come into existence; take on form or shape

    "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"

  6. build up, develop(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"

  7. explicate, formulate, develop(verb)

    elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

    "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"

  8. train, develop, prepare, educate(verb)

    create by training and teaching

    "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"

  9. develop(verb)

    be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest

    "The plot developed slowly";

  10. develop(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"

  11. modernize, modernise, develop(verb)

    become technologically advanced

    "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"

  12. develop, make grow(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"

  13. develop(verb)

    generate gradually

    "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"

  14. develop, grow(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"

  15. develop(verb)

    make visible by means of chemical solutions

    "Please develop this roll of film for me"

  16. develop(verb)

    superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry

  17. develop(verb)

    move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions

    "Spassky developed quickly"

  18. develop(verb)

    move into a strategically more advantageous position

    "develop the rook"

  19. develop(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"

  20. break, recrudesce, develop(verb)


    "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"

  21. develop(verb)

    expand in the form of a series

    "Develop the function in the following form"


  1. develop(Verb)

    To change with a specific direction, progress.

    Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.

  2. develop(Verb)

    To progress through a sequence of stages.

  3. develop(Verb)

    To create.

    I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks.

  4. develop(Verb)

    To bring out images latent in photographic film.

    Please develop this roll of film.

  5. develop(Verb)

    To place one's pieces actively.

    I need to develop my white-square bishop.

  6. develop(Verb)

    To cause a ball to become more open and available to be played on later. Usually by moving it away from the cushion, or by opening a pack.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Develop(verb)

    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

  2. Develop(verb)

    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

  3. Develop(verb)

    to advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of

  4. Develop(verb)

    to change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value

  5. Develop(verb)

    to cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view

  6. Develop(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

  7. Develop(verb)

    to become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Develop

    dē-vel′op, v.t. to unroll: to unfold: to lay open by degrees: to promote the growth of: (phot.) to make the latent picture visible by chemical applications.—v.i. to grow into: to open out: to evolve:—pr.p. devel′oping; pa.p. devel′oped.—n. Devel′opment, a gradual unfolding: a gradual growth: evolution: (math.) the expression of a function in the form of a series.—adj. Development′al, pertaining to development.—adv. Development′ally.—Doctrine of development, the theory of the evolution of new species from lower forms. [Fr. développer, opposite of envelopper; both perh. from a Teut. root found in Eng. lap, to wrap.]

Editors Contribution

  1. develop

    To create accurate, specific, just and fair progress or change.

    They did develop their wedding plans together to ensure they had a simple and unifying day with their families and friends.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'develop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1169

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'develop' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1764

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'develop' in Verbs Frequency: #92

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of develop in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of develop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of develop in a Sentence

  1. John Boyd Jr.:

    What is needed before the mainlinecruise industry enters Cuba is massive private investment to dredge and develop other port infrastructure.

  2. Lionel Trilling:

    Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax.

  3. Ingo Speich:

    Now there is an opportunity to develop a new strategy, to advance restructuring and to reposition the group.

  4. Vivek Murthy:

    For those who are unvaccinated, they are increasingly at risk as more and more variants develop.

  5. Damon Raskin:

    I have seen firsthand how the pressure of fame and stardom can trigger vulnerable kids to develop both bad behavior and mental illness, it is the stress for those with poor coping skills that can then lead to acting out. For those with the right genetics, this can trigger illnesses such as depression and schizophrenia.

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    an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
    • A. congius
    • B. schlockmeister
    • C. arbalist
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