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 before the recent increases, America was an outlier for gun deaths among developed nations. German Lopez, Vox, "Guns killed more people than car crashes in 2017," 11 Dec. 2018 The dollar fell Tuesday, reversing overnight gains as developed-market currencies mostly hovered in recent trading ranges. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Falls for a Fourth Straight Session," 19 Feb. 2019 For the first half of its fiscal year, underlying net sales in developed international markets grew by 5 percent, driven mainly by volume gains, the company said. Bruce Schreiner, The Seattle Times, "Brown-Forman posts higher earnings in fiscal 2nd quarter," 5 Dec. 2018 Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi opened it's first store in Paris and plans for more shops in France, Spain and Italy, testing the appetite of consumers in developed markets as its executives consider a U.S. expansion. Fortune, "Xiaomi Said to Seek June 7 Listing Hearing for $10 Billion IPO," 25 May 2018 The fact is a lot of economic activity around the globe is still conducted using cash, and not only in less developed regions. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 While the rate of US gun deaths is lower than that of many less developed countries, America is still an outlier when compared to nations in similar socioeconomic circumstances. German Lopez, Vox, "America is one of 6 countries that make up more than half of gun deaths worldwide," 29 Aug. 2018 Where Miami, with its less developed tech ecosystem, falls behind other cities is in leveling up: Another Kaufmann report from last year found the city ranked 36 out of 40 metropolitan areas in terms of entrepreneurial growth. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Miami’s growing tech scene tries to level up," 8 May 2018 The spectacle of seawater swamping coastal communities, including parts of Boston’s high-rent office district, once again raised concerns about how these heavily developed areas will endure rising sea levels caused by climate change. Michael Levenson,, "Winds, flooding wreak havoc on Mass. as nor’easter batters state," 2 Mar. 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


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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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