self-development

noun

self-de·​vel·​op·​ment ˌself-di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce self-development (audio)
-dē-
plural self-developments
: development of one's own capabilities or possibilities
Writing has been for a long time my major tool for self-instruction and self-development.Toni Cade Bambara
a self-development course/program

Examples of self-development in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even to be a small part of it and seeing the impact of what the program meant to their growth and self-development was unbelievable. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 The self-development coach explains that manifesting is ultimately about becoming the best version of yourself that can exist. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 July 2023 Okay, yes, and amazing golf. Bacalar, Mexico Hotel Casa Hormiga Shop at booking.com The rituals at this low-key-luxury hotel include fire-gazing for self-confidence, lagoon bathing for self-moderation, and breathwork for self-development. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 27 June 2023 Black joy Black joy has been essential for survival, resistance, and self-development for centuries. Lauren Lee, CNN, 16 June 2023 The projects are expected to include genres like self-development and audio theater, with a focus on work from up-and-coming talent. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 May 2023 As local news station KABC reports, he was awarded five associate of arts degrees: history; social sciences; social behavior and self-development; arts and human expression; and science and mathematics — with plans to pursue a degree next year, too. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 27 May 2023 He was awarded five associate of arts degrees: history; social sciences; social behavior and self-development; arts and human expression; and science and mathematics. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 26 May 2023 The self-development blogosphere-speak of Silicon Valley became enmeshed with millennial ethos, and every aspect of our lives turned into something to disrupt; our every action calculable. Rachel Rabbit White, ELLE, 5 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-development was in 1817

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“Self-development.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self-development. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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