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Meaning of DEVELOP

Pronunciation:  di'velup

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  change the use of and make available or usable; "develop land"; "The country developed its natural resources"
  3. [v]  expand in the form of a series, in mathematics; "Develop the function in the following form"
  4. [v]  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"
  5. [v]  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"
  6. [v]  happen, as of an event; "Report the news as it develops"; "These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  7. [v]  be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The plot developed slowly";
  8. [v]  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"
  9. [v]  become technologically advanced; "Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam is modernizing rapidly"
  10. [v]  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"
  11. [v]  acquire or build up traits or characteristics; "Children must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a passion for painting"
  12. [v]  create by training and teaching; "The old master is training world-class violinists"; "we develop the leaders for the future"
  13. [v]  elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
  14. [v]  move into a strategically more advantageous position, of a chess piece; "develop the rook"
  15. [v]  move one's chess pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
  16. [v]  superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
  17. [v]  generate gradually; "We must develop more potential customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
  18. [v]  work out; as of a theory or an idea; "We have developed a new theory of evolution"
  19. [v]  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"
  20. [v]  make visible by means of chemical solutions; of photographic film; "Please develop this roll of film for me"
  21. [v]  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"

DEVELOP is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: acquire, arise, break, educate, explicate, formulate, germinate, get, grow, grow, originate, prepare, produce, recrudesce, rise, spring up, train, uprise
 See Also: adolesce, advance, age, alter, alter, ameliorate, amend, become, better, bloom, blossom, blossom forth, blossom out, break out, break through, bring forth, bud, build, build, build up, change, change, change, check, come, come about, come along, come forth, come on, come through, complicate, condition, conjecture, create, create by mental act, create mentally, cut, dedifferentiate, differentiate, discipline, drill, elaborate, emerge, erupt, evolve, expand, feather, fledge, flower, foliate, follow, generate, get along, get on, get up, go on, grow, hap, happen, housebreak, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, improve, incubate, instruct, lay over, leaf, learn, make, make, maturate, mature, mature, meliorate, occur, outgrow, pass, pass off, play, pod, progress, pupate, rarify, redevelop, redevelop, redevelop, refine, reformulate, regrow, resurge, retrain, settle, shape up, solarise, solarize, speculate, spike, spike out, spring, sprout, stool, superimpose, superpose, suppose, swell, take place, teach, teethe, theorise, theorize, tiller, toilet-train, underdevelop, unfold, well up, work out, work up, work up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*vel"op\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Developed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Developing}.] [F. d['e]veloper; d['e]- (L. dis-) +
    OF. voluper, voleper, 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,
    volutum, to roll (cf. {Devolve}). Cf. {Envelop}.] [Written
    also {develope}.]
    1. 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.    --Milner.
             The 20th was spent in strengthening our position and
             developing the line of the enemy.     --The Century.
    2. 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.
                                                   --J. Peile.
             All insects . . . acquire the jointed legs before
             the wings are fully developed.        --Owen.
    3. To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase;
       to promote the growth of.
             We must develop our own resources to the utmost.
    4. (Math.) To change the form of, as of an algebraic
       expression, by executing certain indicated operations
       without changing the value.
    5. (Photog.) To cause to become visible, as an invisible or
       latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical
       agents; to bring to view.
    {To develop a curved surface on a plane} (Geom.), to produce
       on the plane an equivalent surface, as if by rolling the
       curved surface so that all parts shall successively touch
       the plane.
    Syn: To uncover; unfold; evolve; promote; project; lay open;
         disclose; exhibit; unravel; disentangle.
  2. \De*vel"op\, v. i.
    1. 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.                          --Mrs.
    2. 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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