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 Buffalo National River's dispatch center was notified at 4:49 p.m. Saturday that a hiker had fallen in the undeveloped wilderness area. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 10 May 2022 Their next stop after Harborside Park was an undeveloped area near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Faivre Street. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 The attractions takes about half the land, with the other half a bioreserve of undeveloped acres for coastal sagebrush and other indigenous plants and wildlife in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 The 1967 law allowed the company to transform a sprawling area of undeveloped swampland into Florida’s biggest private employer and a massive driver of tourism. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Photos don’t do justice to the epic sweep and majesty of Basin and Range National Monument, an undeveloped, natural space twice as large as the city of Los Angeles. Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2022 Welcome to the world’s longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island. Robin Soslow, Chron, 3 May 2022 Except for a lonely Payless Shoe Store that came and went, the lot – about four acres – has remained undeveloped for his entire life. Francine Kiefer, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Apr. 2022 The project remains unbuilt on what is one of the area’s last large undeveloped coastal properties, which reportedly is for sale. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 See More

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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 29 Jun. 2022.

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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


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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