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development

[dih-vel-uh p-muh nt] /dɪˈvɛl əp mənt/
noun
1.
the act or process of developing; growth; progress:
child development; economic development.
2.
a significant consequence or event:
recent developments in the field of science.
3.
a developed or advanced state or form:
Drama reached its highest development in the plays of Shakespeare.
4.
Music. the part of a movement or composition in which a theme or themes are developed, or unfolded and elaborated, by various technical means, so as to reveal their inherent possibilities.
5.
a large group of private houses or of apartment houses, often of similar design, constructed as a unified community, especially by a real-estate developer or government organization.
6.
Chess. the act or process of developing chess pieces.
7.
Mining. the work of digging openings, as tunnels, raises, and winzes, to give access to new workings, and of erecting necessary structures.
Origin of development
1745-1755
1745-55; develop + -ment, or < French développement
Related forms
developmental, developmentary, adjective
developmentally, adverb
antidevelopment, adjective
hyperdevelopment, noun
hyperdevelopmental, adjective
nondevelopment, noun
nondevelopmental, adjective
nondevelopmentally, adverb
postdevelopmental, adjective
predevelopment, noun
self-development, noun
subdevelopment, noun
superdevelopment, noun
undevelopment, noun
undevelopmental, adjective
undevelopmentally, adverb
Synonyms
1. expansion, elaboration, growth, evolution; unfolding, opening, maturing, maturation. 3. maturity, ripeness. 5. community, subdivision.
Antonyms
1. deterioration, disintegration.
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Examples from the Web for self-development
Historical Examples
  • She, 43too, has right to self-development in some chosen way.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • According to Hegel the dialectic is the self-development of the Idea.

  • Nowadays we demand time for self-development, for reading, for thinking, for pleasure.

    Tea-Table Talk Jerome K. Jerome
  • And the most important preliminary to self-development is the faculty of concentrating at will.

    Mental Efficiency Arnold Bennett
  • You see I'm all for self-development and the chance to live one's life.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • And then we think that organization will do it, organization instead of self-development.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • Incarnation's purpose is, self-development and improvement, iv.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • When all have the means of instruction and self-development?

    Anarchy Errico Malatesta
  • To the individual there is no ethics but of self-development and reproduction.

    Concerning Children Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Its principle would be not self-sacrifice but self-development.

    A Grammar of Freethought Chapman Cohen
British Dictionary definitions for self-development

self-development

noun
1.
the state or process of improving or developing oneself

development

/dɪˈvɛləpmənt/
noun
1.
the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing
2.
the product or result of developing
3.
a fact, event, or happening, esp one that changes a situation
4.
an area or tract of land that has been developed
5.
Also called development section. the section of a movement, usually in sonata form, in which the basic musical themes are developed
6.
(chess)
  1. the process of developing pieces
  2. the manner in which they are developed
  3. the position of the pieces in the early part of a game with reference to their attacking potential or defensive efficiency
Derived Forms
developmental, adjective
developmentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for self-development

development

n.

1756, "an unfolding;" see develop + -ment. Of property, with the sense "bringing out the latent possibilities," from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902. Meaning "advancement through progressive stages" is 1836.

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self-development in Medicine

development de·vel·op·ment (dĭ-věl'əp-mənt)
n.

  1. The act of developing.

  2. The state of being developed.

  3. A significant event, occurrence, or change.

  4. The natural progression from a previous, simpler, or embryonic stage to a later, more complex, or adult stage.


de·vel'op·men'tal (-měn'tl) adj.
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