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 Is your own professional development worth it to you? Mari Carmen Pizarro, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Our universe is dotted with an incredible array of things in every possible phase of their development, from the swirling clouds that will eventually bear stars, to the long-dead cloudy remnants of other stars. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 24 June 2022 That’s because earlier in its development, China was using cheaper, weaker low-clinker cement and buildings and bridges were collapsing, so now the Chinese government is mandating stronger cement, Norway’s Andrew said. Seth Borenstein, Anchorage Daily News, 23 June 2022 As his master, Kenobi sees this — not yet realizing it will lead the young Skywalker to the Dark Side, but as a roadblock in his Jedi development. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 June 2022 The fact that Heston Kjerstad is playing at all is noteworthy, given the breadth of injuries that have set back his development. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 21 June 2022 With his development-at-all-costs ethos, Mr. Bolsonaro has undermined environmental oversight bodies and ignored existing legislation. Andrew Downie, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2022 The project is designed to expand access to books in the places where children learn, live and play, and to empower adults to read alongside them to develop lifelong literacy skills during the most critical years of their development. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 21 June 2022 The resort pays tribute to the Cora and Huichol cultures by employing resource-efficient architecture and sustainable practices, while botany experts were consulted during its development to ensure the preservation of land and ecological wildlife. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 20 June 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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28 Jun 2022

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“Development.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for development


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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