Definitions of develop

  1. To evolve by natural stages; to be evolved; to come distinctly out.
  2. 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.
  3. To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of.
  4. To change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
  5. To cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view.
  6. To unfold gradually; make known in detail; complete; cause to grow; treat ( a photographic plate or film) with chemicals so as to bring out the picture.
  7. To unroll: to unfold: to lay open by degrees.
  8. To unfold; lay open.
  9. To uncover or unfold; perfect by degrees; increase.
  10. To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop.
  11. To advance from one stage to another; become gradually apparent.
  12. To grow into: to open out:- pr. p. developing; pa. p. developed.
  13. To grow into; open out.
  14. 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"
  15. 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"
  16. be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; " The plot developed slowly";
  17. 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"
  18. elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; " Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
  19. 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"
  20. 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"
  21. expand in the form of a series; " Develop the function in the following form"
  22. happen; " Report the news as it develops"; " These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
  23. 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"
  24. move into a strategically more advantageous position; " develop the rook"
  25. move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions; " Spassky developed quickly"
  26. superimpose a three- dimensional surface on a plane without stretching, in geometry
  27. generate gradually; " We must develop more potential customers"; " develop a market for the new mobile phone"
  28. work out; " We have developed a new theory of evolution"
  29. 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"
  30. make visible by means of chemical solutions; " Please develop this roll of film for me"
  31. 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"
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. To advance by degrees; come to light or completion gradually; disclose itself. develope.
  35. To unfold and open up by degrees; to bring out into distinctness; to enable to evolve what is latent or in embryo.
  36. To unfold; to lay open; to disclose; to unravel.