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Meaning of develop by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From French développer from Middle French desveloper, from Old French desveloper, from des- + voloper, veloper, vloper ( “to wrap, wrap up” ) ( compare Italian -viluppare, Old Italian alternate form goluppare "to wrap" ) from Vulgar Latin base *vlopp-, wlopp- "to wrap" of Germanic origin, ult. from Proto-Germanic *wrappan-, *wlappan- ( “to wrap, roll up, turn, wind” ), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- ( “to turn, bend” ) [1]. Akin to Middle English wlappen ( “to wrap, fold” ) ( Modern English lap "to wrap, involve, fold" ), Middle English wrappen ( “to wrap” ), Middle Dutch lappen ( “to wrap up, embrace” ), Danish dialectal vravle "to wind, twist", Middle Low German wrempen "to wrinkle, scrunch, distort", Old English wearp ( “warp” ). The word acquired its modern meaning from the 17th century belief that an egg contains the animal in miniature and matures by growing larger and shedding its envelopes .


    • IPA: /dɪˈvɛləp/
    • Rhymes: -ɛləp


    develop ( third-person singular simple present develops present participle developing, simple past and past participle developed or developt )

    1. ( intransitive ) To change with a specific direction, progress .
      Let's see how things develop and then make our decision .
    2. ( intransitive ) To progress through a sequence of stages .
      Isabel developed from a tropical depression to a tropical storm to a hurricane .
      An embryo develops into a fetus and then into an infant .
    3. ( transitive ) To create .
      I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks .
    4. ( transitive ) To bring out images latent in photographic film .
      Please develop this roll of film .
    5. ( Chess, transitive ) To place one's pieces actively .
      I need to develop my white-square bishop .
    6. ( snooker, pool ) 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 .

    Usage notes

    • Objects: plan, software, program, product, story, idea .

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Explanation of develop by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    2. The patient developed abdominal pains
      Well-developed breasts
    3. change the use of and make available or usable

    4. develop land
      The country developed its natural resources
    5. expand in the form of a series

    6. Develop the function in the following form
    7. grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment

    8. 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
    9. cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its natural development

    10. The perfect climate here develops the grain
      He developed a new kind of apple
    11. happen

    12. Report the news as it develops
    13. be gradually disclosed or unfolded

    14. The plot developed slowly
    15. elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme

    16. develop the melody and change the key
    17. become technologically advanced

    18. Many countries in Asia are now developing at a very fast pace
    19. grow emotionally or mature

    20. The child developed beautifully in her new kindergarten
    21. gain through experience

    22. Children must develop a sense of right and wrong
      Dave developed leadership qualities in his new position
      develop a passion for painting
    23. create by training and teaching

    24. we develop the leaders for the future
    25. elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses

    26. Could you develop the ideas in your thesis
    27. move into a strategically more advantageous position

    28. develop the rook
    29. move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions

    30. Spassky developed quickly
    31. superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry

    32. generate gradually

    33. We must develop more potential customers
      develop a market for the new mobile phone
    34. work out

    35. We have developed a new theory of evolution
    36. make something new, such as a product or a mental or artistic creation

    37. Her company developed a new kind of building material that withstands all kinds of weather
      They developed a new technique
    38. make visible by means of chemical solutions

    39. Please develop this roll of film for me
    40. come into existence