de·vel·oped | \di-ˈve-ləpt \

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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Pink, hairless and blind, the newborn koala uses its tiny claws and highly developed sense of smell to make the harrowing journey from its mother’s birth canal to her pouch. Deborah Netburn,, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 2018 Some employers, especially in the health care and nonprofit sectors, already view older workers as untapped resources who can bring highly developed skills and strong work ethics to their organizations. Robert Weisman,, "Help wanted, but not from older workers: Many struggle to find jobs as employers post openings," 14 June 2018 The developed world’s four major central banks—the Fed, the Banks of England and Japan, and the European Central Bank—have executed a series of extraordinary policy maneuvers to rescue us from the 2008 financial panic, with debatable success. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "‘Unelected Power’ Review: Monetary Mavericks," 27 June 2018 In the developed world and many developing countries, mother-to-child transmission is now rare. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "Nigeria has more HIV-infected babies than anywhere in the world. It’s a distinction no country wants," 12 June 2018 In early 2016 labour-productivity growth, which was low across the developed world, was almost zero in America. The Economist, "Business in the Republicans’ America is flourishing, but also changing," 24 May 2018 In the developed world, government taxes together with transfer systems like welfare payments are readily accepted as one way reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. Charles Kenny And Justin Sandefur, Vox, "A radical proposal to fight poverty in the developing world: tax the poor more than the rich," 24 May 2018 For instance, in 2017, the maternal mortality rate in Texas is the highest not only in the United States, but in the entire developed world. Kristin Rowe-finkbeiner, Time, "I Survived Hemorrhaging During Childbirth, But Some Women Don't," 1 May 2018 Malcolm Turnbull’s stance in rejecting calls by populists to cut Australia’s large immigration intake -- fueling one of the fastest-growing populations in the developed world -- has been given a timely boost by the prime minister’s own Treasury. Jason Scott,, "Sorry Populists, Australia Says Mass Immigration Is a Good Thing," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of developed

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for developed

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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


de·vel·oped | \di-ˈve-ləpt \

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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