de·​vel·​oped | \ di-ˈve-ləpt How to pronounce developed (audio) , dē- \

Definition of developed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a relatively high level of industrialization and standard of living a developed country


Definition of developed (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of develop

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Synonyms & Antonyms for developed

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of developed in a Sentence

Adjective The disease is almost unheard of in developed countries. The younger plant has a less developed root system.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Most students are coming from less affluent [countries] with higher education systems that are not as highly developed or highly regarded as those of some of the Anglophone countries like the U.K. and the U.S. Chelsea Sheasley, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Sep. 2021 The Rice University lab first developed carbon nanotube fiber in 2013, and has studied its use in medical procedures, such as in cochlear implants for hearing loss and to repair damaged hearts. Clare Duffy, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021 Wonder Lake is also the closest developed campground to Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 In fact, professionals with more developed individual, informal networks are better at identifying new opportunities for their employers. Imperial Business Insights, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Many of the world’s more developed regions managed to move people out of flood-prone areas between 2000 and 2015, by using tools like zoning laws and buyouts for people with homes in risky areas. Ciara Nugent, Time, 4 Aug. 2021 In low income, less developed markets and those where credit card usage is not widespread, partnerships with local telecoms or cable firms can offer billing and marketing by the telco that enable lower cost packages and wider access. Patrick Frater, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 In response, volunteers—many of them veterans, reservists, or active-duty military—developed sprawling, loosely interconnected rescue networks with miraculous speed. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 30 Aug. 2021 And New Zealand has been the slowest developed nation to put shots in arms, with just 20% of people fully vaccinated., 22 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of developed


1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for developed


see develop

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The first known use of developed was in 1949

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“Developed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of developed

: having many industries and relatively few poor people who are unable to buy the things they need
: larger or more advanced


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Kids Definition of developed

1 : having many large industries and a complex economic system developed nations
2 : bigger, more mature, or more advanced Dogs have a highly developed sense of smell.

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