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French développer, from Old French desveloper, desvoluper to unwrap, expose, from des- de- + envoloper to enclose


transitive verb
  • 1 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>
e : to elaborate (a musical idea) by the working out of rhythmic and harmonic changes in the theme
b : to create or produce especially by deliberate effort over time <develop new ways of doing business> <develop software>
  • 3 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
b : to expand by a process of growth <working to develop the 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 <developed pneumonia>
  • 5 : to acquire gradually <develop an appreciation for ballet>
intransitive verb
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>

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