Definitions for Developmentdɪˈvɛl əp mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•vel•op•mentdɪˈvɛl əp mənt(n.)

  1. the act of developing.

  2. a significant consequence or event.

  3. a developed state or form; maturity.

  4. the section of a musical composition in which themes or motifs are developed.

    Category: Music and Dance

  5. a large group of dwellings, often of similar design and constructed as a community, esp. by a real-estate developer.

    Category: Business

  6. the raising of funds, expansion of activities or opportunities, etc., esp. for an organization or foundation.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of development:

1745–55; < F


Princeton's WordNet

  1. development(noun)

    act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining

    "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development"

  2. development, evolution(noun)

    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 evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer"

  3. growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis(noun)

    (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"

  4. development(noun)

    a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation

    "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"

  5. exploitation, development(noun)

    the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful

    "the development of Alaskan resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits"

  6. development(noun)

    a district that has been developed to serve some purpose

    "such land is practical for small park developments"

  7. development(noun)

    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. development, developing(noun)

    processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible

    "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"

  9. development(noun)

    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. development(noun)ɪˈvɛl əp mənt

    the process by which sth or sb grows and becomes bigger, more successful, etc.

    child development; his development from homeless person to multimillionaire

  2. developmentɪˈvɛl əp mənt

    the act or process of creating sth new

    the development of new medical treatments; developments in film making technique

  3. developmentɪˈvɛl əp mənt

    an occurrence or event

    important developments in the investigation

  4. developmentɪˈvɛl əp mənt

    the use of land for building, or the buildings put on the land

    a new housing development; land that is perfect for development


  1. development(Noun)

    The process of developing; growth, directed change

    The development of this story has been slow.

  2. development(Noun)

    The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells.

    The organism has reached a crucial stage in its development.

  3. development(Noun)

    Something which has developed

    Our news team brings you the latest developments.

  4. development(Noun)

    A real estate development

  5. development(Noun)

    The application of new ideas to practical problems (cf. research)

    Our development department has produced three new adhesives this year.

  6. development(Noun)

    The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it

    White's development is good, but black's has been hampered by the pawn on e5.

  7. development(Noun)

    The second section of a piece of music in sonata form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Development(noun)

    the act of developing or disclosing that which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed state

  2. Development(noun)

    the series of changes which animal and vegetable organisms undergo in their passage from the embryonic state to maturity, from a lower to a higher state of organization

  3. Development(noun)

    the act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning

  4. Development(noun)

    the equivalent expression into which another has been developed

  5. Development(noun)

    the elaboration of a theme or subject; the unfolding of a musical idea; the evolution of a whole piece or movement from a leading theme or motive


  1. Development

    Development is the second album released by the four-piece alternative metal music group, Nonpoint. It was their second and final album released through MCA Records. The album debuted #52 on the Billboard 200 charts.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Development

    the biological doctrine which ascribes an innate expansive power to the organised universe, and affirms the deviation of the most complex forms through intermediate links from the simplest, without the intervention of special acts of creation. See Evolution.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Development' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #250

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Development' in Written Corpus Frequency: #608

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Development' in Nouns Frequency: #51

Translations for Development

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the process or act of developing

a crucial stage in the development of a child.

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