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From French développer, from Middle French desveloper, from Old French desveloper, from des- + voloper, veloper, vloper ‎(to wrap, wrap up) (compare Italian -viluppare, Old Italian alternate form goluppare ‎(to wrap)) from Vulgar Latin base *vlopp-, *wlopp- "to wrap" ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wrappan-, *wlappan- ‎(to wrap, roll up, turn, wind), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- ‎(to turn, bend) [1]. Akin to Middle English wlappen ‎(to wrap, fold) (Modern English lap "to wrap, involve, fold"), Middle English wrappen ‎(to wrap), Middle Dutch lappen ‎(to wrap up, embrace), Danish dialectal 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)

  1. (intransitive) To change with a specific direction, progress.
    Let's see how things develop and then make our decision.
  2. (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
      All insects [] acquire the jointed legs before the wings are fully developed.
  3. (transitive) To advance; to further; to promote the growth of.
    • Jowett (Thucyd)
      We must develop our own resources to the utmost.
  4. (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.
  5. (transitive) To bring out images latent in photographic film.
    Please develop this roll of film.
  6. (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.
  7. (chess, transitive) To place one's pieces actively.
    I need to develop my white-square bishop.
  8. (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.
  9. (mathematics) To change the form of (an algebraic expression, etc.) by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.

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  • Objects: plan, software, program, product, story, idea.

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