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

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 African countries do not have the financial resources that more developed nations in Asia, Europe, and North America have to mitigate the effects of climate change. Meron Demisse, Quartz, 21 Apr. 2022 Throughout much of the pandemic, Sweden has stood out for its ostensibly successful effort to beat COVID-19 while avoiding the harsh lockdowns and social distancing rules imposed on residents of other developed nations. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Asked to comment, a Gavi spokesperson said COVAX was now in a situation where there was enough current supply to meet demand, but acknowledged that the roll-out of vaccines was an issue in several less developed nations. NBC News, 23 Feb. 2022 Many countries have ignored or rejected WHO advice on ways to tackle COVID-19, such as its calls to avoid blanket travel restrictions, or its calls to share vaccines and the technological know-how to make them with less developed nations. Jamey Keaten, ajc, 25 Jan. 2022 The United States, with only 63 percent of its population fully vaccinated, lags other developed nations and has a sizable, and sometimes vocal, vaccine-resistant population. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2022 The bank had raised the rate in August and November, becoming the first developed economy in Asia to do so. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Africa’s most developed economy has fully inoculated about 44% of its adult population over a seven-month period. Janice Kew, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2021 Scientists have cautioned that other nations may have a different experience to South Africa as the country's population is young compared with developed nations. Antony Sguazzin,, 17 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Developed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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