de·​vel·​op·​ing di-ˈve-lə-piŋ How to pronounce developing (audio)
: underdeveloped sense 2
developing nations

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In four categories, schools were given marks of exemplary, commendable, typical, developing or critical needs. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Oct. 2022 Under the new deal, global production giant Fremantle will be the home for Sinestra’s upcoming TV projects, getting the first crack at co-developing, co-producing, and co-financing small-screen efforts as well as leading on international sales. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Sep. 2022 Some of these players might just need some more developing or additional tutoring. Emmett Hall,, 25 Mar. 2021 As most nations brace for a likely surge in coronavirus cases, the signals from the developing world could hardly be more worrying for investors. Robert Brand,, 7 May 2020 And the developing world has become an important new market, too. Beth Gardiner, Wired, 20 Jan. 2020 Armed with some solid reference material that laid out the guideposts of how developing civilizations became civilizations, Meier and his team knocked together some early Civ prototypes. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 23 Sep. 2019 Some of the biggest payback can come from early warning systems: $800 million spent in the developing world could prevent $3 billion to $16 billion in damage annually, the report says. Nicholas Kusnetz,, 11 Sep. 2019 Tough policy decisions by governments in the developing world could help keep the market trouble contained. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of developing was in 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Developing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


de·​vel·​op·​ing di-ˌvel-ə-piŋ How to pronounce developing (audio)
: underdeveloped sense 2
developing nations
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