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 Beneath that assumption lies a long, ugly history of climate determinism: the racially motivated notion that the climate influences human intelligence and societal development. Simon Donner, Scientific American, "The Ugly History of Climate Determinism Is Still Evident Today," 24 June 2020 The Dutch government already was aware of AppHarvest's work because Philips, a Dutch LED contractor, won a $15 million contract to provide lighting at the 400-acre development. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Appalachian firm teams with Dutch government to grow 'ag-tech' epicenter in Kentucky," 24 June 2020 Clinical development typically takes three phases according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Cnn's Nada Altaher And Shawn Deng, CNN, "UAE and China launch Phase 3 clinical trial in humans for Covid-19 vaccine," 24 June 2020 George noted Leininger’s responsibilities will be to implement the vision of the city while pursuing economic development opportunities. John Benson, cleveland, "Lakewood names Shawn Leininger as next director of planning and development," 24 June 2020 Prices for condos at the development, 408 Main St., start at $550,000, according to MSI General. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Condominiums start at $550,000 for a recently completed project in Delafield," 24 June 2020 Damon Cox, a top economic development official in the Baker administration, will take over the interim role at the Life Sciences Center., "Workhuman valued at more than $1 billion," 24 June 2020 Nevertheless, Bastrop’s city council was drawn to Hofmann’s experience with innovative approaches to community engagement and skills related to staff development. Ryan Nickerson, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire City Manager Hofmann taking position in Bastrop," 24 June 2020 The decision Tuesday allows forvarious uses on the land, including industrial and commercial development. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "Glendale paves way for Love's truck stop off Loop 303, despite opposition," 24 June 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Development.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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

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