developing

adjective
de·​vel·​op·​ing | \-lə-piŋ \

Definition of developing 

: underdeveloped sense 2 developing nations

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Tough policy decisions by governments in the developing world could help keep the market trouble contained. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "The Bad Trade-Offs Emerging Markets Face," 14 Oct. 2018 By then yet more developing countries may have achieved universal health care, making America even more of an outlier. The Economist, "Land of the free-for-allAmerica is a health-care outlier in the developed world," 26 Apr. 2018 The bank pushed most developing countries, from Chile to Uganda, to make structural changes to boost the role of the private sector and make the power sector more competitive and efficient. Lauren M. Maclean, Washington Post, "Cape Town still has water — for now. This may take political solutions as well as technical fixes.," 23 Apr. 2018 And the developing world is skipping right to mobile payments. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Paper checks forever?," 21 Apr. 2018 Obvious points are made about the health risks posed by getting too comfortable around feces, and how developing feelings of disgust toward the stuff helped our ancestors stay alive. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Poop Talk': Film Review," 13 Feb. 2018 Most come from rich countries, but more developing-world firms are joining them. The Economist, "Low-carb dietCompanies are moving faster than many governments on carbon pricing," 11 Jan. 2018 Here are the four winners and their ideas: Global Health: Kevin White, vision correction for the developing world: For 2.5 billion people, eyeglasses are out of reach. National Geographic, "Thousands Submitted Ideas to Our ‘Chasing Genius’ Challenge. These 4 Won," 18 Sep. 2017 Hence, the solution in Paris was that development should be slowed where possible and developing countries would be compensated for their inability to burn coal through the green climate fund. Benjy Sarlin, NBC News, "A Climate Scientist Explains the Worst That Can Happen After Paris Withdrawal," 2 June 2017

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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developing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of developing

: having few industries and many poor people who are unable to buy the things they need

: growing larger or more advanced

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