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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The development includes housing and a community center with a swimming pool and offices for college-prep and job-training programs. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "New Hotel or Affordable Housing? Race Is On to Define ‘Opportunity Zones’," 13 July 2018 Newsday, among other outlets, did a story on the remarkable developments. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Documentary explores a dark family reunion," 13 July 2018 Part of Edgewater, plans for the farm’s development were originally conceived in 2014 but fell through; CalAtlantic Homes picked it up. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Traffic concerns put up new roadblock for planned 212-lot Crown Point subdivision," 13 July 2018 For the latest developments on the fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins: Follow Youssef Rddad on Twitter at: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. Washington Post, "Meeting about Minneapolis police shooting ends abruptly," 12 July 2018 The development hardly rattled the markets, as investors had weeks to steady their nerves. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Asian markets mirror optimism on Wall Street," 10 July 2018 The path outlined by progressive trade analysts would create global labor standards, with decent wages and working conditions and health safeguards, adjusting for the level of development in a particular country. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 2018 The city’s aging infrastructure — and pending wave of development — have been a top issue in the past year. Brittany Wallman,, "Fort Lauderdale plans to use water-sewer money to balance budget — again," 9 July 2018 Yet, even amid the destitution, there are glimmers of economic development. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 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 \ \ adverb

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