Definition of development in English:

development

Syllabification: de·vel·op·ment
Pronunciation: /diˈveləpmənt
 
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noun

  • 1The process of developing or being developed: she traces the development of the novel the development of less invasive treatment
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    • Eventually, it will initiate development of future processors in the SuperH family itself.
    • Growing leaves are characterized by dynamic gradients of growth processes and functional development.
    • It is about understanding the entire arc of human social development since we emerged as a species.
    Synonyms
    evolution, growth, maturation, expansion, enlargement, spread, progress; successforming, establishment, initiation, instigation, origination, invention, generation
  • 1.1A specified state of growth or advancement: the wings attain their full development several hours after birth
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    • After caterpillars reach their full development they seek depression in the bark and curl up in a web spun from some secretion which they exude.
    • The reproductive organs only attain full development at puberty, and degenerate and lose all or much of their functional importance as years accumulate.
  • 1.2A new and refined product or idea: the latest developments in information technology
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    • Perry Rees explains that every race is an important test-bed for new ideas and developments.
    • It is not often that Parliament has to frame legislation apt to apply to developments at the advanced cutting edge of science.
    • It's certainly true that developments in neurosciences can produce huge benefits.
  • 1.3An event constituting a new stage in a changing situation: I don’t think there have been any new developments since yesterday
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    • At this juncture, a new development changed the political situation on the island.
    • Only in this way can it intervene in social developments as an independent political force.
    • The issue of monetary union as an accompaniment to the single market was not addressed at this stage of developments.
    Synonyms
    event, occurrence, happening, circumstance, incident, situation, issue
  • 1.4The process of converting land to a new purpose by constructing buildings or making use of its resources: land suitable for development
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    • These green industries can not only create more jobs, but also promote sustainable development of the land.
    • Peace, reconciliation, nation building and sustainable development are what we seek.
    • The theme of Creative Planet is sustainable development and any buildings will reflect this.
  • 1.5An area of land with new buildings on it: a major housing development in Chicago
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    • The size of housing developments in the Killea area is currently limited to no more than four to six houses.
    • The officer followed the vehicle to a housing development in the Shelf area of Halifax and saw it being loaded by a mechanical excavator.
    • The exercise has also come about because of housing developments in the area which could affect population trends.
    Synonyms
    complex, site
  • 1.6 Chess The process of bringing one’s pieces into play in the opening phase of a game.
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    • Instead he calmly fianchettoes a bishop and argues the he can attend to things like development later in the game.
    • He is behind in development, can't castle kingside and his queenside is weakened.
  • 2The process of starting to experience or suffer from an ailment or feeling: the development of brittle bones
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    • This paper will be restricted to the presentation of certain examples of the influence of temperature upon the development of disease in plants.
    • The psychoanalysts have concerned themselves with the problem of the nature of the development of love in the neonate and infant.
  • 3The process of treating photographic film with chemicals to make a visible image.
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    • The bioluminescence emission was visualized following film development.
    • A method of preparing a roll of film for development and developing the film is also disclosed.
    • It is made visible to the human eye by development in a series of chemical baths.

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