un·​de·​vel·​oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈvel-əpt , -dē-\

Definition of undeveloped

: not developed : lacking in development undeveloped natural resources undeveloped potential undeveloped film undeveloped seeds : such as
a : not used for building, farming, industry, etc. undeveloped land an area of undeveloped wilderness
b : having a relatively low level of industrialization and standard of living undeveloped countries/nations

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The border area between Tijuana and San Diego used to be largely undeveloped. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Tensions at U.S.-Mexico Border Revive Fears From Decades Past," 2 Dec. 2018 Death of a hardy tree Few coastal regions in the United States are as undeveloped as Yankeetown and its surroundings. Amy Green, miamiherald, "With Gov. Scott and legislature in denial, tiny town adapts on its own to climate change," 11 July 2018 Also, 13 acres of the 23-acre site are undeveloped and include a wooded area with walking trails. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After long debate, Germantown's Saxony Village is opening apartments aimed at millennials," 6 July 2018 The property is undeveloped and no structures have been built there, Kirkwood said. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford Land Trust secures funding to purchase 32-acre Perryman Forest," 26 Apr. 2018 The new roadway network is part of Project Genesis, a 2016 economic development project for the area west of the Gulf Freeway, in a 244-acre span that was 82 percent undeveloped, said Economic Development Director Betsy Giusto. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Webster paves the way for new Costco off Gulf Freeway," 14 Feb. 2018 Rising out of a formerly undeveloped swampy area in the city, a gigantic, glistening $280 million stadium appeared this year, one of six new arenas Russia built for the World Cup. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Russian City’s Dazzling New Soccer Stadium Outshines Its Team," 27 May 2018 Check out the coral Huge swaths of Curaçao's coast is undeveloped or untouched entirely by hotels, which means the fringing reef around the island is remarkably healthy compared to other Caribbean nations. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Curaçao," 8 Jan. 2019 No Chinese company has this problem: All of the country’s enterprises in Africa and other undeveloped markets receive the full backing of the government. WSJ, "U.S. Firms Can’t Go to Africa Without Help," 19 Dec. 2018

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1736, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of undeveloped

of land : not used for building, farming, industry, etc.
of a country, society, etc. : having many poor people and a low level of industrial production : not developed
: not fully grown or developed


un·​de·​vel·​oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈve-ləpt\

Kids Definition of undeveloped

1 : not used for farming or building on undeveloped land
2 : having few large industries and a simple economic system an undeveloped country
3 : not fully grown or matured


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Medical Definition of undeveloped

: lacking in development : not developed physiologically undeveloped

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