Definition of develop in English:

develop

Syllabification: de·vel·op
Pronunciation: /dəˈveləp
 
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verb (develops, developing, developed)

1Grow or cause to grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate: [no object]: motion pictures developed into mass entertainment (as adjective developing) this is a rapidly developing field [with object]: entrepreneurs develop their skills through trial and error
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  • Eventually as the tree matures, it will develop into a fine spreading type.
  • But how many have developed into mature teachers of the type described above?
  • The lads responded and a motley crew matured and developed into a squad to be proud of.
Synonyms
grow, expand, spread;
initiate, instigate, set in motion;
originate, invent, form, establish, generate;
1.1 [no object] (often as adjective developing) (Of a poor agricultural country) become more economically and socially advanced: the developing world
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  • I cannot help but wonder why even as the country developed economically, the peasants are not receiving any benefits?
  • Any effort to help poor countries develop should start by making them aware of the importance of trade and integration.
  • As poorer countries develop and stabilise, our security will improve and our own economy grow through increased trading opportunities.
1.2 [with object] Convert (land) to a new purpose by constructing buildings or making other use of its resources.
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  • Richmond council's plans to develop land in and around Crane Valley has been left in shreds by the government inspector.
  • The public of Bradford need to know the true facts regarding plans to develop the land at West Bowling Golf Club.
  • Locally, he was involved in the Walton Green Inquiry, organising an appeal against a council decision to develop the land in the area.
1.3Construct or convert (a building) so as to improve existing resources.
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  • The AA said the award reflects the hotel group's ‘outstanding commitment to improving and developing their hotels’.
  • Work is underway at this stage on improving and developing facilities at Ballyduff GAA grounds, Kildermody.
  • Such interest has seen many hotel chains develop their facilities.
1.4 [with object] Elaborate (a musical theme) by modification of the melody, harmony, or rhythm.
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  • It is not shaped and limited by words and it gives Menotti a chance to develop his musical themes instead of just moving from one to another.
  • A lengthy Allegro moderato develops the themes rather well although one cannot claim that we are re-discovering a masterpiece.
  • Maid Of Gold and Things Told only reinforce the atmospheric canvas of this album, simply developing the melodies and soundscapes to reassess their compositions.
Synonyms
expand, augment, broaden, supplement, reinforce;
enhance, refine, improve, polish, perfect
1.5 [with object] Chess Bring (a piece) into play from its initial position on a player’s back rank.
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  • Black breaks the pin caused by White's dark-squared Bishop while developing a piece and preparing to castle.
  • Black's pawns point towards the queenside, where he enjoys more space and has developed his pieces.
  • This develops a piece, adds to White's control over d5, gets a step closer to castling, and also takes aim at the Black King.
1.6 [with object] Geometry Convert (a curved surface) conceptually into a plane figure as if by unrolling.
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  • A curve can be developed by plotting changes in phase delay as the test frequency is varied.
  • Figure B shows the concept of developing an involute curve and its application in the design of involute gear tooth profile-measuring machines.
1.7 [with object] Mathematics Expand (a function, etc.) in the form of a series.
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  • In the second part, we shall consider the problem of developing a function into a series.
  • Students should be able to employ the orthogonality relation of Legendre polynomials to develop functions as series of such polynomials.
2Start to exist, experience, or possess: [no object]: a strange closeness developed [with object]: I developed an interest in law [with object]: AIDS patients often develop a rare type of cancer
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  • For some patients, the experience of developing a chronic illness may mean they are unable to function in the role that their doctor expects.
  • The urge develops because past pleasurable experience and related benefits from the substance or activity are expected to reoccur on the next occasion.
  • After that he began to develop an interest in cosmetics.
Synonyms
start, begin, emerge, erupt, break out, burst out, arise, break, unfold, happen
fall ill with, be stricken with, succumb to;
contract, catch, get, pick up, come down with, become infected with
3 [with object] Treat (a photographic film) with chemicals to make a visible image.
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  • They have interviewed a woman from the audience of the BBC1 programme Question Time who claimed to have seen the images while developing a film at a photographic laboratory.
  • Once an exposure is made the paper or film is developed to produce an image.
  • Images of film that has been developed are captured by image sensing.

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'unfold, unfurl'): from French développer, based on Latin dis- 'un-' + a second element of unknown origin found also in envelop.

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