develop vs modernise what difference

what is difference between develop and modernise


Alternative forms

  • develope (archaic)


Borrowed 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 alternative form 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) [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), 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.


  • (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /dɪˈvɛl.əp/
  • (Indian English) IPA(key): /ˈdɛv.ləp/, /dɛˈvɛ.ləp/
  • Hyphenation: de‧ve‧lop
  • Rhymes: -ɛləp


develop (third-person singular simple present develops, present participle developing, simple past and past participle developed or (archaic, rare) developt)

  1. (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 [] .’
  2. (intransitive) To change with a specific direction, progress.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To progress through a sequence of stages.
    • 1868-1869, Robert Owen, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology of Vertebrates
      All insects [] acquire the jointed legs before the wings are fully developed.
  4. (transitive) To advance; to further; to promote the growth of.
    • 1881, Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides
      We must develop our own resources to the utmost.
  5. (transitive) To create.
  6. (transitive) To bring out images latent in photographic film.
  7. (transitive) To acquire something usually over a period of time.
  8. (chess, transitive) To place one’s pieces actively.
  9. (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.
  10. (mathematics) To change the form of (an algebraic expression, etc.) by executing certain indicated operations without changing the value.

Usage notes

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

Derived terms

  • co-develop, codevelop

Related terms

  • developing
  • development




modernise (third-person singular simple present modernises, present participle modernising, simple past and past participle modernised)

  1. (British spelling) Alternative spelling of modernize

Derived terms

  • modernisable
  • modernisation
  • modernised
  • moderniser


  • demersion, demoniser, demonries, domineers, neodermis



  • Homophones: modernisent, modernises



  1. first-person singular present indicative of moderniser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of moderniser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of moderniser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of moderniser
  5. second-person singular imperative of moderniser

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