Hypertext Webster Gateway: "develop"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Develop \De*vel"op\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Developed}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Developing}.] [F. d['e]veloper; d['e]- (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}.] [Written
also {develope}.]
1. 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.

These serve to develop its tenets. --Milner.

The 20th was spent in strengthening our position and
developing the line of the enemy. --The Century.

2. 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.

The sound developed itself into a real compound.
--J. Peile.

All insects . . . acquire the jointed legs before
the wings are fully developed. --Owen.

3. To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to increase;
to promote the growth of.

We must develop our own resources to the utmost.

4. (Math.) To change the form of, as of an algebraic
expression, by executing certain indicated operations
without changing the value.

5. (Photog.) To cause to become visible, as an invisible or
latent image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical
agents; to bring to view.

{To develop a curved surface on a plane} (Geom.), to produce
on the plane an equivalent surface, as if by rolling the
curved surface so that all parts shall successively touch
the plane.

Syn: To uncover; unfold; evolve; promote; project; lay open;
disclose; exhibit; unravel; disentangle.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Develop \De*vel"op\, v. i.
1. 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.

Nor poets enough to understand That life develops
from within. --Mrs.

2. To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on sensitive
paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of
the conspirators develop.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: make something new, such as a product or a mental or
artistic creation;"Her company developed a new kind of
building material that withstands all kinds of weather";
"They developed a new technique"
2: work out; as of a theory or an idea; "We have developed a
new theory of evolution" [syn: {evolve}]
3: acquire or build up traits or characteristics: "Children
must develop a sense of right and wrong"; "Dave developed
leadership qualities in his new position"; "develop a
passion for painting" [syn: {evolve}]
4: come to have or undergo a change of (physical features and
attributes); "He grew a beard"; The patient developed
abdominal pains"; I got funny spots all over my body";
"Well-developed breasts" [syn: {grow}, {produce}, {get}, {acquire}]
5: come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious
movement originated in that country" "a love that sprang
up from friendship," "the idea for the book grew out of a
short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose" [syn: {originate},
{arise}, {rise}, {uprise}, {spring up}, {grow}]
6: change the use of and make available or usable; "develop
land"; "The country developed its natural resources"
7: elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses; "Could you develop
the ideas in your thesis" [syn: {explicate}, {formulate}]
8: create by training and teaching; "The old master is training
world-class violinists; "we develop the leaders for the
future" [syn: {train}, {prepare}, {educate}]
9: be gradually disclosed or unfolded; become manifest; "The
plot developed slowly";
10: grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of
evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a
conducive environment; "A flower developed on the
branch"; "The country developed into a mighty
superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This
situation has developed over a long time"
11: make a country technologically advanced; "Many countries in
Asia are now developing at a very fast pace"; "Viet Nam
is modernizing rapidly" [syn: {civilize}, {civilise}, {modernize},
12: cause to grow and differentiate in ways conforming to its
natural development; "The perfect climate here develops
the grain"; "He developed a new kind of apple" [syn: {make
13: generate gradually; "We must develop more potential
customers"; "develop a market for the new mobile phone"
14: grow emotionally or mature; "The child developed beautifully
in her new kindergarten"; "When he spent a summer at
camp, the boy grew noticeably and no longer showed some
of his old adolescent behavior" [syn: {grow}]
15: make visible by means of chemical solutions; of photographic
film; "Please develop this roll of film for me"
16: superimpose a three-dimensional surface on a plane without
stretching, in geometry
17: move one's chess pieces into strategically more advantageous
positions; "Spassky developed quickly"
18: move into a strategically more advantageous position, of a
chess piece; "develop the rook"
19: elaborate by the unfolding of a musical idea and by the
working out of the rhythmic and harmonic changes in the
theme; "develop the melody and change the key"
20: happen, as of an event; "Report the news as it develops";
"These political movements recrudesce from time to time"
[syn: {break}, {recrudesce}]
21: expand in the form of a series, in mathematics; "Develop the
function in the following form"

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