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verb \di-ˈvel-əp, dē-\

: to cause (something) to grow or become bigger or more advanced

: to grow or become bigger or more advanced

: to create (something) over a period of time

Full Definition of DEVELOP

transitive verb


a : to set forth or make clear by degrees or in detail : expound <develop a thesis>

b : to make visible or manifest

c : to treat (as in dyeing) with an agent to cause the appearance of color

d : to subject (exposed photograph material) especially to chemicals in order to produce a visible image <develop film>;also : to make visible by such a method <develop pictures>

: to elaborate (a musical idea) by the working out of rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme


a : to work out the possibilities of <develop an idea>

b : to create or produce especially by deliberate effort over time <develop new ways of doing business> <developsoftware>


a : to make active or promote the growth of <developed his muscles>

b (1) : to make available or usable <develop natural resources> (2) : to make suitable for commercial or residential purposes <develop land>

c : to move (as a chess piece) from the original position to one providing more opportunity for effective use


a : to cause to unfold gradually <developed his argument>

b : to expand by a process of growth <working to developthe company further>

c : to cause to grow and differentiate along lines natural to its kind <rain and sun develop the grain>

d : to become infected or affected by <developedpneumonia>

5 : to acquire gradually <develop an appreciation for ballet>

intransitive verb


a : to go through a process of natural growth, differentiation, or evolution by successive changes <a blossom develops from a bud>

b : to acquire secondary sex characteristics

2 : to become gradually manifest

3 : to come into being gradually <the situation developing in eastern Europe>; also : turn out 2a <it developed that no one had paid the bill>

de·vel·op·able adjective

Examples of DEVELOP

  1. She has been exercising regularly to develop her back muscles.
  2. The story was later developed into a novel.
  3. The island has developed its economy around tourism.
  4. The course is designed to develop your writing skills.
  5. A blossom develops from a bud.
  6. The doctor says that the child is developing normally.
  7. In this class, we will be learning about how languagesdevelop.
  8. Scientists are developing a treatment for the disease.
  9. The company has developed a new method for recycling old tires.
  10. He develops the concept more fully in his book.