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Etymology [ edit ]
French , from développer Middle French , from desveloper Old French , from desveloper + des- voloper, veloper, vloper ( “ to wrap, wrap up ” ) (compare Italian , -viluppare alternative form Old Italian goluppare ( “ to wrap ” )) from Vulgar Latin * vloppō, * wloppō ( “ to wrap ” ) ultimately from Proto-Germanic , *wrappaną *wlappaną ( “ to wrap, roll up, turn, wind ” ), from Proto-Indo-European *werb- ( “ to turn, bend ” ) . 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 ” ), 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.
Pronunciation [ edit ]
develop ( third-person singular simple present , develops present participle , developing simple past and past participle developed or ( archaic, rare ) )
( transitive , now rare ) To discover, find out; to uncover.
1791, Charlotte Smith, Celestina, Broadview 2004, p. 176:
‘The mystery which I cannot develop, may by that time be removed [… ] .’
( 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. 1868-1869, Robert Owen, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Vertebrates
All insects [… ] acquire the jointed legs before the wings are fully developed.
( transitive ) To advance; to further; to promote the growth of.
( 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.
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Translations [ edit ]
ພັດທະນາ (lo) ( phat tha nā ) Lithuanian:
, vystytis lavintis Lü:
ᦔᦳᧂᧈᦵᦓᦲᧂ ( ṗung 1noeng ), ᦂᦱᧉᦋᧄ ( k̇aa 2tsam ) Malay:
hasil (ms) Maltese:
توسعه دادن (fa) ( tose’eh dâdan ) Polish:
rozwijać się (pl) , impf rozwinąć się (pl) pf Portuguese:
desenvolver (pt) Romanian:
se dezvolta (ro) Romansch:
развива́ться (ru) impf ( razvivátʹsja ), разви́ться (ru) pf ( razvítʹsja ) Scottish Gaelic:
разви́јати се , impf ра̀звити се pf Roman: razvíjati se (sh) , impf ràzviti se (sh) pf Shan:
ပူၵ်းပွင် ( púuk pǎung ) Slovak:
rozvíjať sa , impf rozviť sa pf Slovene:
desarrollar (es) Swedish:
utveckla (sv) Thai:
พัฒนา (th) ( pát-tá-naa ), จำเริญ (th) ( jam-rəən ), ทุเลา (th) ( tú-lao ) Turkish:
gelişmek (tr) Ukrainian:
розвива́тися impf ( rozvyvátysja ), розви́нутися pf ( rozvýnutysja ) Vietnamese:
phát triển (vi) Volapük:
please add this translation if you can Yiddish: אַנטוויקלען ( antviklen )
to progress through stages
hasil (ms) Maltese:
desenvolver (pt) Romansch:
развива́ться (ru) impf ( razvivátʹsja ), разви́ться (ru) pf ( razvítʹsja ), развива́ть (ru) impf ( razvivátʹ ), разви́ть (ru) pf ( razvítʹ ) ( transiitive ) Scottish Gaelic:
, fàs leasaich Serbo-Croatian:
разви́јати , impf ра̀звити pf Roman: razvíjati (sh) , impf ràzviti (sh) pf Slovak:
rozvíjať , impf rozviť , pf vyvíjať , impf vyvinúť pf Slovene:
utvecklas (sv) Thai:
พัฒนา (th) ( pát-tá-naa ) Turkish:
gelişmek (tr) Ukrainian:
розвива́ти impf ( rozvyváty ), розви́ти pf ( rozvýty ), розви́нути pf ( rozvýnuty ) Vietnamese:
trưởng thành (vi) Yiddish: אַנטוויקלען ( antviklen )
to bring out photographic images
(chess) to place one's pieces actively
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