|Origin:||développer, from Old French voloper 'to wrap'|
de‧vel‧op S3 W1
to grow or change into something bigger, stronger, or more advanced, or to make someone or something do this [↪ advance]:
grow[intransitive and transitive]
Knowledge in the field of genetics has been developing very rapidly.
Corsica has developed its economy around the tourist industry.
Chicago developed into a big city in the late 1800s.
It's hard to believe that a tree can develop from a small seed.
exercises to develop muscle strength
to design or make a new idea, product, system etc over a period of time:
Scientists are developing new drugs to treat arthritis.
She should have developed her own style instead of copying him.
Researchers are developing technology for the US military.
to start to have a feeling or quality that then becomes stronger:
He had developed a certain affection for me.
develop a sense/awareness/knowledge of something
The children are beginning to develop a sense of responsibility.
It was in college that he developed a taste for (=started to like) rugby football.
if you develop a skill or ability, or if it develops, it becomes stronger or more advanced:
skill/ability[intransitive and transitive]
The course is designed to help students develop their speaking skills.
if you develop a disease or illness, or if it develops, you start to have it:
disease[intransitive and transitive]
Some alcoholics develop liver disease.
Pneumonia can develop very quickly.
to begin to have a physical fault:
The oil tank had developed a small crack.
The plane developed engine trouble and was forced to land.
if a problem or difficult situation develops, it begins to happen or exist, or it gets worse:
Trouble is developing in the cities.
Regional clashes could develop into larger quarrels.
to make an argument or idea clearer, by studying it more or by speaking or writing about it in more detail:
We will develop a few of these points in the seminar.
to use land for the things that people need, for example by taking minerals out of it or by building on it:
The land was developed for low-cost housing.
to make a photograph out of a photographic film, using chemicals:
photography[intransitive and transitive]TCP
Did you ever get the pictures developed?