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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Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues its attempts to sow division within Caricom—a regional body that promotes cooperation and economic development among Caribbean communities. Safiya Charles, The New Republic, "Trump’s Venezuela Policy Is Causing Turmoil in the Caribbean," 9 Aug. 2019 The absence of any downtown or North Side locations reflects Lightfoot's campaign pledge to direct economic developments to economically struggling areas of the city. Meghan Kelly,, "Where will Chicago's first casino land? Here's how the 5 proposed sites compare.," 9 Aug. 2019 The 21-story building was imploded in May to make way for a $200 million mixed-use development. USA TODAY, "Emoji house, Saharan dust, turtle crossing: News from around our 50 states," 8 Aug. 2019 That means conditions could become more favorable for tropical development during the second half of this hurricane season, from September to November 30. Jordan Evans, CNN, "Expect a busier-than-normal hurricane season, NOAA says," 8 Aug. 2019 The key for Hamilton’s development is making more big plays. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Following brief injury, Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton ready to show why he can be trusted," 8 Aug. 2019 Woodfin said at a press conference Monday that the men had conversations on multiple topics over the two days, ranging from economic development to public safety. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "‘Big 5 plus 5’ mayors meet in Birmingham, discuss 2020 census," 5 Aug. 2019 The four-week internship at Airbnb is meant to immerse students in workplace culture and share tips for professional development. Dominic Fracassa,, "SF high school students fan out into tech, City Hall internships," 3 Aug. 2019 The waiver justification asserted there’s an urgency to pursuing the governor’s economic development plans. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "State extends no-bid contract to company belonging to grandson of major pro-Dunleavy donor," 3 Aug. 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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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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