de·​vel·​op·​ing | \ di-ˈve-lə-piŋ How to pronounce developing (audio) , dē- \

Definition of developing

: underdeveloped sense 2 developing nations

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Recent Examples on the Web Some of these players might just need some more developing or additional tutoring. Emmett Hall,, "MTI Prep Bison football team preparing for upcoming season," 25 Mar. 2021 As most nations brace for a likely surge in coronavirus cases, the signals from the developing world could hardly be more worrying for investors. Robert Brand,, "Unknowns Await Emerging Markets After Biggest Moves Since 2008," 7 May 2020 And the developing world has become an important new market, too. Beth Gardiner, Wired, "A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet," 20 Jan. 2020 Armed with some solid reference material that laid out the guideposts of how developing civilizations became civilizations, Meier and his team knocked together some early Civ prototypes. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: Ars talks Civilization with the man himself: Sid Meier," 23 Sep. 2019 Some of the biggest payback can come from early warning systems: $800 million spent in the developing world could prevent $3 billion to $16 billion in damage annually, the report says. Nicholas Kusnetz,, "Benefits of investing in climate adaptation far outweigh costs, commission says," 11 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of developing

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Developing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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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