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development

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noun de·vel·op·ment \di-ˈve-ləp-mənt, dē-\

Simple Definition of development

  • : the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced

  • : the act or process of creating something over a period of time

  • : the state of being created or made more advanced

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of development

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or result of developing <development of new ideas> <an interesting development>

  2. 2 :  the state of being developed <a project in development>

  3. 3 :  a developed tract of land; especially :  one with houses built on it

Examples of development in a sentence

  1. Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development.

  2. The company offers many opportunities for professional development.

  3. The software is still in the early stages of development.

  4. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology.

  5. Have there been any new developments in the case?



1756

First Known Use of development

1756

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DEVELOPMENT Defined for Kids

development

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noun de·vel·op·ment \di-ˈve-ləp-mənt\

Definition of development for Students

  1. 1 :  the act, process, or result of developing

  2. 2 :  the state of being developed




Medical Dictionary

development

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noun de·vel·op·ment \di-ˈvel-əp-mənt\

Medical Definition of development

  1. 1:  the action or process of developing: asa:  the process of growth and differentiation by which the potentialities of a zygote, spore, or embryo are realizedb:  the gradual advance through evolutionary stages :  evolution

  2. 2:  the state of being developed <the great muscular development of weight lifters>

developmental

\-ˌvel-əp-ˈment-əl\play adjective

developmentally

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