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

Synonyms & Antonyms for developed

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Now three years later with the release of DOSED 2, the psychedelic treatment landscape is decidedly more developed and leaning towards compassion and the ‘right to try’ these valuable therapies. David E. Carpenter, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Officials said that case occurred in a previously healthy young adult who was unvaccinated and developed paralysis in their legs. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 5 Aug. 2022 As of Friday evening, most of the visitors remained in the developed area of the park, with a few able to leave the park as crews managed to create makeshift roadways by moving mounds of gravel. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 But Lee suspects that protons are good enough and will prevail as the more developed option for the foreseeable future. James Riordon, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 As fish distribution has become more developed and restaurants are adapting to meet local tastes, city dwellers are embracing the kinds of ingredients and beloved dishes once entrusted to the nearby coast. Jackie Cooperman, Bon Appétit, 27 July 2022 Not surprisingly, families have a far easier time living without a vehicle in cities with more developed transportation systems and bike infrastructure like Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Portland, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco. Kendra Hurley, Good Housekeeping, 22 July 2022 The use of long mortise-and-tenon joints and a developed internal structure point toward the Classical time period. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 July 2022 Bill Back Park — not a developed place but a long, open pasture fringed with pines — attracts swarms of birds and critters. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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12 Aug 2022

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“Developed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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