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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Recent Examples on the Web Children are especially vulnerable to damage from lead because of their rapid development. USA Today, 13 June 2021 Developers can use native plants for their development and not use pesticides, Agnew suggested. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 June 2021 The Trudeau Administration purchased the project in 2018 to ensure its development purely to open Canadian oil markets to China. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Still, Oregon State is willing to take a shot, and will likely sell a combination of their two-tight end sets and their recent development of quality tight ends, including Teagan Quitoriano and Luke Musgrave. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 It’s the club that really, really helped my development as a comedian. New York Times, 8 June 2021 After its development last fall, the program kicked off at five different prisons across the state in January. Grace Toohey,, 6 June 2021 Redwood Louisville Bardstown Road Bluff will be its first development in Kentucky. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2021 But through the course of its development and testing, there has been some controversy around the efficacy of Aducanumab, Lobatz said. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2021

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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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16 Jun 2021

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“Development.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce development (audio) \

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


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