Alternative forms Edit
French , from développer Middle French , from desveloper Old French , from desveloper + des- voloper, veloper, vloper ( “ to wrap, wrap up ” ) (compare Italian , -viluppare alternate form Old Italian goluppare ( “ to wrap ” )) from base * Vulgar Latin vlopp-, *wlopp- "to wrap" ultimately from Proto-Germanic , *wrappan- *wlappan- ( “ to wrap, roll up, turn, wind ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- ( “ to turn, bend ” ) . Akin to Middle English wlappen ( “ to wrap, fold ” ) (Modern English "to wrap, involve, fold"), lap Middle English wrappen ( “ to wrap ” ), Middle Dutch lappen ( “ to wrap up, embrace ” ), dialectal Danish vravle ( “ to wind, twist ” ), Middle Low German wrempen ( “ to wrinkle, scrunch, distort ” ), Old English wearp ( “ warp ” ). The word acquired its modern meaning from the 17th century belief that an egg contains the animal in miniature and matures by growing larger and shedding its envelopes.
develop ( third-person singular simple present , develops present participle , developing simple past and past participle developed or ) developt
( intransitive ) To change with a specific direction, progress.
Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.
( transitive, intransitive ) To progress through a sequence of stages.
Isabel developed from a tropical depression to a tropical storm to a hurricane. An embryo develops into a fetus and then into an infant. Owen
[… ] acquire the jointed legs before the wings are fully developed.
( transitive ) To advance; to further; to promote the growth of.
develop our own resources to the utmost.
( transitive ) To create.
2013 July-August, Catherine Clabby, “ Focus on Everything”, in : American Scientist
Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus. [… ] A photo processing technique called focus stacking has changed that. Developed as a tool to electronically combine the sharpest bits of multiple digital images, focus stacking is a boon to biologists seeking full focus on a micron scale.
I need to develop a plan for the next three weeks.
( transitive ) To bring out images latent in photographic film.
Please develop this roll of film.
( transitive ) To acquire something usually over a period of time.
I have been in England enough to develop a British accent. You will develop calluses if you play the cello. She developed bad eating habits.
( chess , transitive ) To place one's pieces actively.
I need to develop my white-square bishop.
( snooker , pool ) To cause a ball to become more open and available to be played on later. Usually by moving it away from the cushion, or by opening a pack.
( mathematics ) To change the form of (an algebraic expression, etc.) by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
Usage notes Edit Objects: plan, software, program, product, story, idea.
Related terms Edit
to progress through stages
to bring out photographic images
(chess) to place one's pieces actively
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