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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And Arya did … nothing, which is perhaps the most stunning development of all. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cersei's Death on Game of Thrones Is a Travesty and Twitter Has Thoughts," 13 May 2019 The design shown in these patent illustrations is wholly subject to change, as the car is still in its development stages. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Dyson's Long-Awaited Electric Vehicle Revealed in Design Patent Filing," 9 May 2019 The recovery in that main unit is a positive development for AIG’s Chief Executive Officer Brian Duperreault, who was hired two years ago to turn around one of the world’s biggest sellers of insurance. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "AIG Notches Turnaround in Key Unit," 6 May 2019 Regular online meetings offer a place to address pain points, increase the team’s performance, and discuss professional development. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Work for Apple Without Leaving Your House," 1 May 2019 But for those who dream of electrified flying taxis of the future, having a better battery than the Li-Ion is a welcome development. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "New Lithium Metal Batteries Can Power Drones for Longer (and It Could Change Everything)," 16 Apr. 2019 That the pilot union of such a devoted and important customer is even raising the question of buying planes from another manufacturer is the latest disturbing development for Boeing from the MAX tragedies. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "737 MAX crisis prompts Southwest pilots to question its all-Boeing fleet," 12 Apr. 2019 Hudson Yards, which stretches from 30th to 34th streets and from 10th Avenue to the West Side Highway, is the most expensive development in U.S. history. Chloe Malle, Town & Country, "Is the Shed the Defining Arts Institution of a New New York City?," 14 Mar. 2019 Developer Level-5 is working on an animated film set in the same universe, which is a fascinating development given Studio Ghibli helped out on the cutscenes for the original game. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 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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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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