The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Develop \De*vel"op\ (d[-e]*v[e^]l"[o^]p), 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
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.
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
Syn: To uncover; unfold; evolve; promote; project; lay open;
disclose; exhibit; unravel; disentangle.