de·​vel·​op·​ment | \di-ˈve-ləp-mənt, dē-\

Definition of development 

1 : the act, process, or result of developing the development of new ideas an interesting development in the case

2 : the state of being developed a project in development

3 : a tract of land that has been made available or usable : a developed tract of land especially : one with houses built on it

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Examples of development in a Sentence

Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development. The company offers many opportunities for professional development. The software is still in the early stages of development. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology. Have there been any new developments in the case?
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Apple has taken a similar approach in its development of AI, differentiating itself from rivals like Google, which collects substantial amounts of user data and processes it in the cloud. James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple reportedly buys AI startup with privacy-conscious approach," 21 Nov. 2018 Theoretical developments in the 20th century, though, squarely made the case for monopoles. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 The radius and ulnar bones are supposed to separate during your development before birth. Sarah Valenzuela, SELF, "My Congenital Disorder Confuses a Lot of Trainers, So I Have to Be My Own Fitness Expert," 9 Nov. 2018 Undescended Testicles In some males, during fetal development, one or both testicles fail to descend from the abdomen into the sac that normally contains the testicles (a.k.a. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "Can Men Cause Fertility Issues?," 1 Oct. 2018 The biggest new development, Ride Check, shows a rider how fast the driver is going, and tracks how long the car has been stopped. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber's New Message: Safety Is Our Top Priority," 5 Sep. 2018 Once a child starts the transition from crawling to walking, some parents consider a baby walker to boost physical development. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Parents: It Might Be Best to Breakup With Baby Walkers," 22 Aug. 2018 That’s not the case at this new development in Mihama, Japan, which is built to encourage interaction between residents. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These Japanese homes were designed to encourage neighbor interaction," 15 Nov. 2018 News broke on Thursday, October 25, that a remake of the seminal nineties movie Clueless is currently in development. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Clueless Remake Is Officially in the Works—and People Have Thoughts," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of development

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for development

see develop

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English Language Learners Definition of development

: the act or process of growing or causing something to grow or become larger or more advanced

: the act or process of creating something over a period of time

: the state of being created or made more advanced


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \di-ˈve-ləp-mənt \

Kids Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing

2 : the state of being developed


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \di-ˈvel-əp-mənt \

Medical Definition of development 

1 : the action or process of developing: as

a : the process of growth and differentiation by which the potentialities of a zygote, spore, or embryo are realized

b : the gradual advance through evolutionary stages : evolution

2 : the state of being developed the great muscular development of weight lifters

Other Words from development

developmental \-​ˌvel-​əp-​ˈment-​ᵊl \ adjective
developmentally \-​ē \ adverb

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