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

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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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Yet those same Fed comments also have boosted stocks and other risky investments this year—a development that could potentially lure investors back into such markets. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Prices Staged a Comeback, but Is It Sustainable?," 11 Jan. 2019 The process of digesting and metabolizing cabbage essentially unleashes a chemoprotective effect in the body, helping stop the enzymatic reactions linked to DNA damage — the type that can, over time, lead to tumor development. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Fact: Cabbage Packs the Same Nutritional Benefits as Kale," 7 Jan. 2019 Gantri's technology also streamlines the product development process from the traditional 18 to 24 month timeline to just 14 weeks, meaning designs come alive and are ready to be sold much faster. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Gantri's 3D-Printed Lamps Take Style (And Technology) To The Next Level," 7 Jan. 2019 By August, delays in the lunar module development meant that the mission would not have the very spacecraft it was intended to test. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 That Google wants in on the market is an interesting development. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Google is giving away Assassin’s Creed Odyssey for free if you demo Project Stream," 18 Dec. 2018 The monitor promises a 32:9 aspect ratio, which isn't a new development, but the UltraSharp is the first of its kind to boast 5120 x 1440 resolution. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Dell's Enormous Curved Monitor Is Here to Bombard You With Screen," 15 Oct. 2018 But Microsoft also plans a few key developments at the user level, including final rollouts of features the company has announced previously, such as the ability to blur backgrounds within Microsoft Teams video chats and transcribe meetings. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "New Microsoft Search, Ideas tap AI to add smart features to Microsoft's Office 365," 24 Sep. 2018 The approach is troubling for many doctors in the U.S. who fear missteps with early trials could set back development of the promising science by years. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "Chinese Gene-Editing Experiment Loses Track of Patients, Alarming Technology’s Inventors," 28 Dec. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective
developmentally \ -​ē \ adverb

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