development

noun de·vel·op·ment \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt , 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

  1. Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development.

  2. The company offers many opportunities for professional development.

  3. The software is still in the early stages of development.

  4. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology.

  5. Have there been any new developments in the case?

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Origin and Etymology of development

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DEVELOPMENT Defined for Kids

development

noun de·vel·op·ment \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt \

Definition of development for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

development

noun de·vel·op·ment \ di-ˈvel-əp-mənt \

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

developmental

play \-ˌvel-əp-ˈment-ᵊl\ adjective

developmentally

play \\ adverb


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