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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web An additional 42 genes connected to the development of Alzheimer's disease were discovered in 2022, bringing the total to 75. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 31 July 2022 Texans general manager Nick Caserio said the most important development would be for Metchie to recover his health. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 29 July 2022 Fenley Model Dairy, which was sold to Dean Milk in 1952 before the family shifted gears to development, was the first dairy to certify milk in Kentucky. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 28 July 2022 The development is especially exciting for the team at Aloha Mortuary, the only funeral home on Oahu owned by a native Hawaiian. Lauren Oster, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2022 New sources of lithium are in demand in the U.S. because the metal is crucial to the development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid cars. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2022 Researchers found the evolutionary development of microbes was higher in sites from older lava flows than younger flows. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2022 The advent of the gene-silencing drug technology called RNA interference has also contributed to the development of several new heart medicines. Jared S. Hopkins, WSJ, 26 July 2022 New sources of lithium are in demand in the U.S. because the metal is critical to the development of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid cars. Fox News, 26 July 2022 See More

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

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