develop: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (di-vel'up), [key]
- to bring out the capabilities or possibilities of; bring to a more advanced or effective state: to develop natural resources; to develop one's musical talent.
- to cause to grow or expand: to develop one's muscles.
- to elaborate or expand in detail: to develop a theory.
- to bring into being or activity; generate; evolve.
- to transfer the details of (a more or less two-dimensional design, pattern, or the like) from one surface, esp. one that is prismatic or cylindrical, onto another, usually planar, in such a way that the distances between points remain the same.
- to reach sexual maturity.
- to cause to go through the process of natural evolution from a previous and lower stage.
- to progress from an embryonic to an adult form.
- to undergo growth and differentiation in ontogeny or progress in phylogeny.
- to express in an extended form, as in a series.
- to unfold, by various technical means, the inherent possibilities of (a theme).
- to render visible (the latent image on an exposed film or the like).
- to treat (an exposed film or the like) with chemicals so as to render the latent image visible.
- to bring (a piece) into effective play, esp. during the initial phase of a game when pieces are moved from their original position on the board: He developed his rook by castling.
- to prepare (a new mine) for working by digging access openings and building necessary structures.
- to grow into a more mature or advanced state; advance; expand: She is developing into a good reporter.
- to come gradually into existence or operation; be evolved.
- to be disclosed; become evident or manifest: The plot of the novel developed slowly.
- to undergo developing, as a photographic film.
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