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Noun: development  di've-lup-munt
  1. Act of improving by expanding, enlarging or refining
    "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development"
     
  2. A process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
    "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer";
    - evolution
     
  3. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
    "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children";
    - growth, growing, maturation, ontogeny, ontogenesis
     
  4. A recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
    "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"
     
  5. The act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
    "the development of Alaskan resources";
    - exploitation
     
  6. A district that has been developed to serve some purpose
    "such land is practical for small park developments"
     
  7. (chess) a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
    "after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter"; "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
     
  8. Processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
    "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours";
    - developing
     
  9. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated

Derived forms: developments

Type of: alteration, biological process, change, district, dominion, employment, exercise, improvement, melioration, modification, organic process, physical process, process, processing, section, subdivision, territorial dominion, territory, usage, use, utilisation [Brit], utilization

Antonym: nondevelopment

Encyclopedia: Development, testing, acceptance and production