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.
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.
To advance; to further; to prefect; to make to
increase; to promote the growth of.
To change the form of, as of an algebraic expression,
by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.
To cause to become visible, as an invisible or latent
image upon plate, by submitting it to chemical agents; to bring to
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.
To become apparent gradually; as, a picture on
sensitive paper develops on the application of heat; the plans of the