de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) , dē- \

Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing the development of new ideas an interesting development in the case
2 : the state of being developed a project in development
3 : a tract of land that has been made available or usable : a developed tract of land especially : one with houses built on it

Examples of development in a Sentence

Good nutrition is important for proper muscle development. The company offers many opportunities for professional development. The software is still in the early stages of development. I try to keep up with the latest developments in computer technology. Have there been any new developments in the case?
Recent Examples on the Web Pinseeker is not Breslin’s first foray into software development. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 20 May 2022 Greenberg, 48, boasts business and development experience of his own. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 20 May 2022 Kellams said other concerns of babies feeding on goat milk include electrolyte imbalance, in which compounds like calcium are at undesired levels in the body, kidney complications and improper organ and brain development. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 20 May 2022 Even though it was shown to work well in mice, future drug development steps will take time, Wolgemuth says. Manasee Wagh, Popular Mechanics, 20 May 2022 To give birth to something and raise it through development. Anatola Araba Pabst, ELLE, 20 May 2022 In yet another wrinkle in the trade war, Shenzhen is now focusing even more on domestic technology development to free itself from dependence on American suppliers. Bob Davis, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The 55-year-old and older development proposal would have contained 93 single-family homes and 20 duplex buildings built on land purchased in 2001 for $2 million by Homer Township as part of its open space preservation program. Michelle Mullins, Chicago Tribune, 20 May 2022 The development site covers 11 acres bordered by North Sixth Street to the east, West Michigan Street to the north, and the I-794/I-43 interchange to the east and south. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of development

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for development

see develop

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23 May 2022

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de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈve-ləp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Kids Definition of development

1 : the act, process, or result of developing
2 : the state of being developed


de·​vel·​op·​ment | \ di-ˈvel-əp-mənt How to pronounce development (audio) \

Medical Definition of development

1 : the action or process of developing: as
a : the process of growth and differentiation by which the potentialities of a zygote, spore, or embryo are realized
b : the gradual advance through evolutionary stages : evolution
2 : the state of being developed the great muscular development of weight lifters

Other Words from development

developmental \ -​ˌvel-​əp-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce development (audio) \ adjective
developmentally \ -​ē How to pronounce development (audio) \ adverb

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