Definition and Meanings for develop

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Develop is ranked 484 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of develop

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of develop

f. d; d (l. dis-) + of. voluper, voleper, to envelop, perh. from l. volup agreeably, delightfully, and hence orig., to make agreeable or comfortable by enveloping, to keep snug (cf. voluptuous); or. perh. fr. a derivative of volvere, volutum, to roll (cf. devolve). cf. envelop

Meaning of develop


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase; to promote the growth of.
  • to change the form of, as of an algebraic expression, by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
  • to cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to view.

as intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • to become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the conspirators develop.
  • No antonyms for develop

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