Definitions for develop
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word develop.
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"
evolve, germinate, developverb
"We have developed a new theory of evolution"
develop, acquire, evolveverb
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"
grow, develop, produce, get, acquireverb
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"
originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, growverb
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"
build up, developverb
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"
explicate, formulate, developverb
elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses
"Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
train, develop, prepare, educateverb
create by training and teaching
"The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest
"The plot developed slowly";
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"
modernize, modernise, developverb
become technologically advanced
"Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
develop, make growverb
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"
"We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
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"
make visible by means of chemical solutions
"Please develop this roll of film for me"
superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
"Spassky developed quickly"
move into a strategically more advantageous position
"develop the rook"
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"
break, recrudesce, developverb
"Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
expand in the form of a series
"Develop the function in the following form"
To change with a specific direction, progress.
Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.
To progress through a sequence of stages.
I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks.
To bring out images latent in photographic film.
Please develop this roll of film.
To place one's pieces actively.
I need to develop my white-square bishop.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
To disengage from something that enfolds and conceals; to disentangle; to clear from its covering.
Etymology: developer, French.
Take him to develop, if you can,
And hew the block off, and get out the man. Dunciad.
Develop refers to the act of growing, improving, or advancing something over time. This could include a wide range of processes, such as creating an idea or project, establishing a skill, forming a concept or plan, or physically growing or evolving. Essentially, to develop means to progress or move forward in some capacity.
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
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
to advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of
to change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value
to cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view
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
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
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.]
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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'develop' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1169
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'develop' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1764
Rank popularity for the word 'develop' in Verbs Frequency: #92
The numerical value of develop in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of develop in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.
Our loyalties must transend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation and this means we must develop a world perspective.
You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.
You want to keep learning, learn a new language, develop a new skill like playing piano or guitar, drawing, painting. There's definitely good evidence learning things stimulates brain hormones that help develop our brains.
It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.
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- разві́цца, развіва́ццаBelarusian
- проявявам, разработвам, развивам сеBulgarian
- desenvoluparCatalan, Valencian
- vyvíjet, vyvolatCzech
- entwickeln, sich entwickelnGerman
- evoluigi, disvolvi, disvolvigiEsperanto
- desarrollar, revelarSpanish
- توسعه دادنPersian
- kehittyä, kehittääFinnish
- créer, se développer, développerFrench
- fàs, leasaichScottish Gaelic
- פיתח, התפתחHebrew
- विकसित करनाHindi
- 開発, 発展Japanese
- develop, creare, fingereLatin
- buat, cuci, hasilMalay
- ontwikkelen, zich ontwikkelen, uitgroeienDutch
- wypracować, rozwijać, wywołaćPolish
- criar, fazer, desenvolver, revelarPortuguese
- проявля́ть, разви́ть, развива́ть, разраба́тывать, разви́ться, прояви́ть, разрабо́тать, развива́тьсяRussian
- rozvíjať sa, rozviť saSlovak
- zhvillohem, zhvillojAlbanian
- utvecklas, utveckla, framkallaSwedish
- develope etmek, gelişmek, geliştirmekTurkish
- розви́нутися, розвива́тисяUkrainian
- phát triểnVietnamese
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