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

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At 170 acres the largely undeveloped area is the city’s second largest park. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "Fairfield annexes 28 acres from township for Marsh Park expansion," 11 July 2018 The river's remote and undeveloped shores have campsites for longer trips. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 top trails to hike, bike or paddle in the Cable area," 7 June 2018 The region is remote and undeveloped, and assessments about the scale of the damage and injuries have been slow to filter out. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Papua New Guinea hit by 6.6 earthquake," 26 Mar. 2018 Stennis, which encompasses thousands of acres - much of it undeveloped - just across the state line in Hancock County, Miss., is the nation's largest rocket engine test facility. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Deep space, tech corridor among focuses at Stennis," 14 Feb. 2018 The same is true for Opportunity Zones, quasi-philanthropic projects that offer tax breaks for investing in undeveloped parts of the U.S. and remain a new fascination in the world of the megarich. Theodore Schleifer, Recode, "The 2019 IPO class headlined by Uber will create a ton of new wealth. Will the billions go to mansions or missions?," 20 Dec. 2018 The land was undeveloped, far enough from any large city not to be considered a suburb and with enough room for some quarter-million residents. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesota," 29 Mar. 2018 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

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First Known Use of undeveloped

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


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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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