Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday November 25, 2012

desarrollar, verb:
to develop; to take place

In an earlier Spanish Word of the Day we came across desarrollar meaning to develop.

Quieren desarrollar la economía del país.
They want to develop the country’s economy.

In that context you’re using desarrollar with a grammatical object. You often use the reflexive desarrollarse as well. In that form it has two main meanings.

La empresa se desarrolla rápidamente.
The business is developing rapidly.

In its second meaning, desarrollarse refers to something happening or taking place.

La manifestación se desarrolló sin incidentes.
The demonstration took place without incident.


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