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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And nationally, the Pew Research Center recently ranked the United States 31 out of 35 developed countries in terms of voter participation. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "Seattle’s radical plan to fight big money in politics," 5 Nov. 2018 Campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves will only be allowed in developed recreation sites with metal fire rings or cooking grills. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Rattlesnake Fire grows to more than 11,000 acres in eastern Arizona," 18 Apr. 2018 The number of skilled workers in developed economies will actually shrink, falling to 594 million in 2050 from 603 million in 2011 as the population ages, based on the projections. Jeanna Smialek, Houston Chronicle, "Global income inequality may fall as emerging markets skill up," 9 Jan. 2018 Furthermore, nearly 75% of developed nations also have money earmarked for leave not just mothers, but for fathers too, according to the Pew Research Center. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "This "Five-Year Pregnancy" Makes an Excellent Point," 2 Feb. 2017 Some less developed countries such as South Sudan have a minimum working age of 14 or younger. Sam Mednick, Fox News, "In South Sudan, some children work in mines to survive," 12 Sep. 2018 That’s why most developed nations are deeply concerned about declining populations and have attempted to increase fertility. Leonard M. Lopoo And, WSJ, "Washington Is Biased Against Babies," 25 July 2018 Not surprisingly, close to half of all children died before age five and life expectancy in the most developed part of the world was in the mid-30s. Michael Hicks, Indianapolis Star, "Hicks: We've got it good, and we don't even know it," 24 June 2018 The shelters are the closest spot for backpacking for Milwaukeeans, offering a slice of wilderness in the most developed part of the state. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 remote campsites in Wisconsin for peace and quiet," 14 May 2018

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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


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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