Synonyms and Antonyms of development

  1. 1 the act or process of going from the simple or basic to the complex or advanced the development of an idea into a marketable product Synonyms elaboration, evolution, expansion, growth, progress, progression Related Words advancement, betterment, improvement, perfection, refinement; incubation, maturation, maturing, ripening; blossoming, flourishing, flowering; addition, augmentation, enhancement, supplementation; emergence, evolvement, metamorphosis Near Antonyms backslide, lapse, relapse; decadence, decay, decaying, declension, declination, decline, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, descent, deterioration, devaluation, downfall, downgrade, ebbing, falling, weakening Antonyms regress, regression, retrogression, reversion

  2. 2 a condition or occurrence traceable to a cause a development that the writers of the law never anticipated or intended Synonyms aftereffect, aftermath, backwash, child, conclusion, consequence, corollary, effect, fate, fruit, issue, outcome, outgrowth, precipitate, product, result, resultant, sequel, sequence, upshotRelated Words ramification; denouement (also dénouement), echo, implication, repercussion; afterclap, afterglow, aftershock; blowback, by-product, fallout, offshoot, ripple, side effect (also side reaction), spin-offNear Antonyms consideration, determinant, factor; base, basis, foundation, ground, groundwork; impetus, incentive, inspiration, instigation, stimulus; mother, origin, root, source, springAntonyms antecedent, causation, cause, occasion, reason

  3. 3 the process of becoming mature a tulip's development from a bulb into a flower Synonyms maturation, growth, maturing, ripeningRelated Words blossoming, flourishing, flowering; mellowing, softening; evolution, evolvement, expansion, progression; coming-of-age, maturityNear Antonyms decadence, decay, decaying, declension, decline, declining, degeneration, descent, deterioration; ebbing, fading, shriveling (or shrivelling), waning, wilting, withering; death, decease, demise, dying, end, exit, expiration, expiring, expiry, perishing; regression, retrogression, reversion

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