un·​de·​vel·​oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈvel-əpt How to pronounce undeveloped (audio) , -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

Examples of undeveloped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the cumulative effect of these taut comedic constructions is to let the script’s glimmers of introspection and painful self-recognition slip by undeveloped. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Birds of Prey,” Reviewed: The Wasted Exertions of Margot Robbie," 13 Feb. 2020 Baily and her birding friends are lobbying to keep most of RedGate undeveloped. Washington Post, "This Rockville golf course is full of birdies — the feathered kind," 10 Feb. 2020 An undeveloped resource for Franklin is the completion of Highway 100 to be four lanes in the southwest corner of Franklin. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's a closer look at the candidates running for the District 4 aldermanic seat in Franklin," 29 Jan. 2020 There were some hints that an undeveloped player with an undefined position could become one of the greatest undrafted signings in the history of the league. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s Best Teams Are Battling for—Wait, Who?," 22 Jan. 2020 With the city’s help, a group of residents hopes to conserve 72 acres of undeveloped prairie grassland on the southern edge of the city that’s owned by the state of Montana and valued at more than $1 million. USA TODAY, "Loveland valentines, crime scene towels, corn trail: News from around our 50 states," 9 Jan. 2020 The Daily Center, planning committee for the Abe and Lizzie Daily Park, is asking for the public’s opinions on what the undeveloped part of the park should feature. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Abe and Lizzie Daily Park planning committee seeks suggestions for community center," 8 Jan. 2020 City Council members unanimously approved the annexation plan, which involves mostly rural and undeveloped land, at their Dec. 12 meeting. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Legal fight emerges over San Antonio annexation of more than 2,000 acres," 2 Jan. 2020 Like many large-scale renewable energy projects proposed in the desert southwest, Gemini has faced opposition from conservationists concerned about the effects on natural ecosystems and undeveloped landscapes. Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration says it will approve largest U.S. solar farm," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of undeveloped

1736, in the meaning defined above

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“Undeveloped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undeveloped. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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