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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When Thor: Ragnarok was in development, their characters (Thor and Valkyrie) were supposed to be romantic. Kelsea Stahler,, "Name A More Iconic Duo Than Tessa Thompson & Chris Hemsworth," 15 June 2019 More and more housing is going to come from infill development, which limits the amount that can be produced. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Can San Diego County build 10,000 homes in a year?," 14 June 2019 School would start an hour later two days a month to give teachers time for professional development, student data reviews and collaboration. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel is considering changing school start times. Here's when students would start.," 14 June 2019 The Centre for the Study of the Drone, at Bard College in New York state, recently counted at least 235 counter-drone systems on the market or under development, which promise to detect, track or intercept the machines. The Economist, "Drones piloted by climate-change activists target Heathrow," 14 June 2019 Retail Properties is requesting approval of a planned unit development, preliminary plat and several variances. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "72 apartments, first-floor retail space proposed for third phase of Main Street Promendade in downtown Naperville," 14 June 2019 For the dollars saved to help pay for her children’s dreams in development, ones that now include architecture and veterinarian schools., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 Other developments in progress include a Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurant and a Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar., "‘Mystic Mansion’ ride opens Friday at OWA in Foley," 12 June 2019 In court, city attorneys said the center would serve a wide public interest, from plans to maintain park grounds to jobs and other development. Sophia Tareen,, "US judge: Construction on Obama center should proceed," 11 June 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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