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de·vel·oped, de·vel·op·ing, de·vel·ops
  1. To bring from latency to or toward fulfillment: an instructor who develops the capabilities of each student.
    1. To expand or enlarge: developed a national corporation into a worldwide business.
    2. To aid in the growth of; strengthen: exercises that develop muscles.
    3. To improve the quality of; refine: develops his recipes to perfection; an extra year of study to develop virtuosic technique.
    1. To cause to become more complex or intricate; add detail and fullness to; elaborate: began with a good premise but developed it without imagination.
    2. Music To elaborate (a theme) with rhythmic and harmonic variations.
    1. To bring into being gradually: develop a new cottage industry.
    2. To set forth or clarify by degrees: developed her thesis in a series of articles.
    1. To come to have gradually; acquire: develop a taste for opera; develop a friendship.
    2. To become affected with; contract; developed a rash; developed agoraphobia.
  2. To cause gradually to acquire a specific role, function, or form, as:
    1. To influence the behavior of toward a specific end: an investigator who develops witnesses through flattery and intimidation.
    2. To cause (a tract of land) to serve a particular purpose: developed the site as a community of condominiums.
    3. To make available and effective to fulfill a particular end or need: develop the state's water resources to serve a growing population.
    4. To convert or transform: developed the play into a movie.
  3. Games To move (a chess piece) to or toward a more strategic position.
    1. To process (a photosensitive material), especially with chemicals, in order to render a recorded image visible.
    2. To render (an image) visible by this means.
    1. To grow by degrees into a more advanced or mature state: With hard work, she developed into a great writer. See Synonyms at mature.
    2. To increase or expand.
    3. To improve; advance: Their skill developed until it rivaled their teacher's.
  1. To come gradually into existence or activity: Tension developed between students and faculty.
  2. To come gradually to light; be disclosed: reports the news as it develops.
  3. Biology
    1. To progress from earlier to later stages of a life cycle: Caterpillars develop into butterflies.
    2. To progress from earlier to later or from simpler to more complex stages of evolution.

French développer, from Old French desveloper : des-, dis- + voloper, to wrap ( possibly of Celtic origin)


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