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

Definition of developed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


Definition of developed (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of develop

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Examples of developed in a Sentence

Adjective The disease is almost unheard of in developed countries. The younger plant has a less developed root system.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But measured by the number of deaths over and above those that would normally be expected, Britain nevertheless appears to have the highest death rate in the developed world (see chart 1). The Economist, "An unfortunate case study The British state shows how not to respond to a pandemic," 20 June 2020 Millions of people, particularly in less developed countries and in rural areas, rely on wildlife for protein and livelihoods. Dan Ashe, Scientific American, "A Crucial Step Toward Preventing Wildlife-Related Pandemics," 15 June 2020 There are two college catchers, North Carolina State’s Patrick Bailey and Ohio State’s Dillon Dingler, with a name seemingly straight out of Boogie Nights and a more developed bat. Dallas News, "How the Rangers’ position in abridged MLB draft, dreadful early-round history only adds risk for the club," 6 June 2020 The developed world’s longest continuing economic expansion is approaching its expiration date. James Glynn, WSJ, "A Record-Breaking Economic Boom Is About to Go Bust," 3 June 2020 In the developed world, cities are slowly beginning to try to reconsider sprawl and embrace more walkable, transit friendly development. Flavie Halais, Wired, "Want to Fix Urban Sprawl? Ditch the Cul-de-Sac," 31 May 2020 The developed section of the park, Brooks Camp, hosts overnights in cabins and a campground, as well as daytrippers who fly in to ogle brown bears from viewing stands. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Retracing the explosive history of a remote national park in Alaska," 27 May 2020 In the midst of a pandemic that has crippled health care systems in the developed world, Cuba has projected an image of international solidarity by dispatching its medical missions to countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 The cost to developed economies alone will be similar to those witnessed in the recessions of 2008-2009 and 1974-1975. David Goodman,, "World Economy Faces $5 Trillion Hit That’s Like Losing Japan," 13 May 2020

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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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24 Jun 2020

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“Developed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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