de·​vel·​oped | \ di-ˈve-ləpt How to pronounce developed (audio) , dē-\

Definition of developed

: having a relatively high level of industrialization and standard of living a developed country

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Examples of developed in a Sentence

The disease is almost unheard of in developed countries. The younger plant has a less developed root system.

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Even so, Mexico still has the second-lowest female participation in the workforce among developed countries, behind Turkey. Luis Gómez Romero, The Conversation, "Mexican president López Obrador has a woman problem," 10 July 2019 In developed countries, much of the waste occurs when consumers throw away groceries, rather than via supply-chain inefficiencies like the one that Kellogg’s is seeking to eliminate in Manchester. David Yaffe-bellany, New York Times, "Drink a Pint, Waste Less Food," 3 July 2019 The only glimmer of hope for coal has been in less developed countries in Asia. John Quiggin, Quartz India, "Why is this Indian billionaire splurging on an Australian mine guaranteed to lose money?," 6 June 2019 And in the first five years after a launch, new products reach less than 10 percent of those who need them in developed countries, and less than 1 percent in poor ones. New York Times, "Drug Companies Are Focusing on the Poor After Decades of Ignoring Them," 24 June 2019 Expectations of future inflation in developed countries have been plummeting, yet real measures of price change have declined only a little. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Bond-Yield Plunge Confounds the World’s Economy," 23 June 2019 Meanwhile, in developed countries many domestic recycling programs have been halted because of the cost. Sean Mcnaughton And Kelsey Nowakowski, National Geographic, "How China’s plastic waste ban forced a global recycling reckoning," 22 June 2019 Among developed countries, only Germany figured among the top 10 recipients of refugees as of the end of 2018, with a little over 1 million people, half of them from Syria. Nick Cumming-bruce,, "Number of people fleeing conflict is highest since World War II, UN says," 19 June 2019 In developed countries, with their more crowded airspace and thicker rule books, everything takes longer. The Economist, "Drone deliveries are advancing in health care," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of developed

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for developed

see develop

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English Language Learners Definition of developed

of a country, society, etc. : having many industries and relatively few poor people who are unable to buy the things they need
: larger or more advanced


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Kids Definition of developed

1 : having many large industries and a complex economic system developed nations
2 : bigger, more mature, or more advanced Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell.

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