Definition of "develop" []

  • To bring from latency to or toward fulfillment: an instructor who develops the capabilities of each student. (verb-transitive)
  • To expand or enlarge: developed a national corporation into a worldwide business. (verb-transitive)
  • To aid in the growth of; strengthen: exercises that develop muscles. (verb-transitive)
  • To improve the quality of; refine: develops his recipes to perfection; an extra year of study to develop virtuosic technique. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to become more complex or intricate; add detail and fullness to; elaborate: began with a good premise but developed it without imagination. (verb-transitive)
  • To come or bring to a later or more advanced or expanded stage; grow or cause to grow gradually (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To elaborate or work out in detail (verb)
  • To disclose or unfold (thoughts, a plot, etc) gradually or (of thoughts, etc) to be gradually disclosed or unfolded (verb)
  • To come or bring into existence; generate or be generated (verb)
  • To follow as a result (of); ensue (from) (verb)
  • To contract (a disease or illness) (verb)
  • To improve the value or change the use of (land), as by building (verb)
  • To exploit or make available the natural resources of (a country or region) (verb)
  • To treat (film, plate, or paper previously exposed to light, or the latent image in such material) with chemical solutions in order to produce a visible image (verb)
  • To process (photographic material) in order to produce negatives and prints (verb)
  • To progress or cause to progress from simple to complex stages in the growth of an individual or the evolution of a species (verb)
  • To elaborate upon (a musical theme) by varying the melody, key, etc (verb)
  • To expand (a function or expression) in the form of a series (verb)
  • To project or roll out (a surface) onto a plane without stretching or shrinking any element (verb)
  • To bring (a piece) into play from its initial position on the back rank (verb)
  • To disclose or reveal (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "develop" in a sentence
  • "Pulping seems like an incentive to too much turnover of stock and a disincentive to let a title develop a following before it's replaced with the next hopeful big hit."
  • "The Itahari-based Swagat Tol Bikas Sanstha (STBS) today honoured the elderly to what it calls develop positive and respectful attitude towards them, to mark its fourth anniversary."
  • "A sperm cell has no individual identity - a human being cannot develop from a sperm cell, and its genetic information can make a contribution to the identity of a person only in the presence of an egg cell."