un·​de·​vel·​oped | \ ˌən-di-ˈve-ləpt 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 In open session, the board approved the transfer of undeveloped land in the district to the San Marcos Unified School District, in return for $2.4 million from developers. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, April 11," 11 Apr. 2021 This could be facilitated by forcing local tycoons to release some of the territory’s copious undeveloped land, a resource they are accused of hoarding so as to increase the value of their property holdings by creating scarcity. The Economist, "After the protests China is not just shackling Hong Kong, it is remaking it," 20 Mar. 2021 The Gurleys decided to settle north, and opened the People’s Grocery Store on a patch of low-lying undeveloped land. Victor Luckerson, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Promise of Oklahoma," 17 Mar. 2021 The measure was defeated when 72% of the voters voted no, but the election and debate spawned the idea of creating a trust to preserve Ventura’s undeveloped land. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, "Starved of recreation? Try SoCal’s newest set of trails: Ventura’s nature reserve," 13 Mar. 2021 Otherwise, spend the day dipping into western Elba's splendid beaches, many of them blessedly undeveloped. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "Dreamy Beaches, Hidden Coves, and Idyllic Seaside Towns Await on This Secret Island Escape in Italy," 28 Mar. 2021 These undeveloped lands are vital migratory bird habitat on the Great Salt Lake’s southeast shore and are the site of the new state prison and proposed inland port. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Aerial mosquito spraying draws fire from Salt Lake City west-siders, birders and environmentalists," 19 Mar. 2021 The park core covers 32 acres, which leaves 155 acres undeveloped. Kristen Griffith, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster’s plans for Wakefield Valley Park include multipurpose fields, amphitheater," 4 Mar. 2021 No matter who buys the home, though, they will be required to get permits before building on the totally undeveloped island. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "This Stunning Scottish Island Is Up for Sale for the First Time in 500 Years," 22 Mar. 2021

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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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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


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

Medical Definition of undeveloped

: lacking in development : not developed physiologically undeveloped

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