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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·vel·op v. t. [imp. & p. p. Developed p. pr. & vb. n. Developing.]  [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.   --Jowett (Thucyd).
 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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: relating to societies in which capital needed to
             industrialize is in short supply [syn: underdeveloped]
      2: gradually unfolding or growing (especially as of something
         latent); "his developing social conscience"; "after the
         long winter they took joy in the developing warmth of
      3: making or becoming visible through or as if through the
         action of a chemical agent; "he watched as the developing
         photograph became clearer and sharper"
      n : processing a photosensitive material in order to make an
          image visible; "the development and printing of his
          pictures took only two hours" [syn: development]