development

noun
de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) , 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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By the end of May, Sage Homes will have completed 87 homes in the development and all but six have already sold, Hackworth said. Reilly Kneedler, The Seattle Times, "East Wenatchee development a popular place for out-of-town buyers," 26 Mar. 2019 The garden has been in development with renowned landscape architects, Andree Davies and Adam White. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Is In Bloom: How The Royals Are Celebrating Spring," 21 Mar. 2019 After two years in development, eight rounds of prototyping, and many, many test-drives by his CEO and other women on his team, Joseph Altuzarra is launching a new bag on his e-commerce site today. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Joseph Altuzarra’s Got a Brand-New Bag," 29 Jan. 2019 In 2018, there were 43 CCS facilities in operation, under construction, or in development. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 More lenses are currently in development, meaning there will be new ways to annoy your pet for social clout in the near future. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Snapchat goes full circle, adds lenses for dogs," 26 Dec. 2018 Ohio is not known as a font of digital development ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "How Imgur avoids the ugliness of social media," 26 Dec. 2018 The project is still in early development – no writer or director is attached. Fox News, "LeBron James tapped to produce 'Friday the 13th' reboot: report," 23 Oct. 2018 Under the plan, New Jersey would auction off $250 million worth of tax credits to businesses over five years and use the proceeds to fund the program, which is part of his proposal to overhaul economic-development efforts. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Governor Proposes Partnering With VC Funds," 20 Mar. 2019

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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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The first known use of development was in 1756

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development

noun

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

development

noun
de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Kids Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing
2 : the state of being developed

development

noun
de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈvel-əp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

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 How to pronounce developmental (audio) \ adjective
developmentally \ -​ē How to pronounce developmentally (audio) \ adverb

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