Origin of development

1745–55; develop + -ment, or < French développement
Related formsde·vel·op·men·tal, de·vel·op·men·ta·ry, adjectivede·vel·op·men·tal·ly, adverban·ti·de·vel·op·ment, adjectivehy·per·de·vel·op·ment, nounhy·per·de·vel·op·men·tal, adjectivenon·de·vel·op·ment, nounnon·de·vel·op·men·tal, adjectivenon·de·vel·op·men·tal·ly, adverbpost·de·vel·op·men·tal, adjectivepre·de·vel·op·ment, nounself-de·vel·op·ment, nounsub·de·vel·op·ment, nounsu·per·de·vel·op·ment, nounun·de·vel·op·ment, nounun·de·vel·op·men·tal, adjectiveun·de·vel·op·men·tal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for development

Antonyms for development Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for development

Contemporary Examples of development

Historical Examples of development

  • While he was adjusting this development, another knock came on his door.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • For him these years were a period of mental growth, of transition, of development.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In our present stage of development we could hardly do without them.

  • The development of living ideals is not in an atmosphere of cynicism.

  • Travel and new experiences were necessary to the development of his mind.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for development



the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing
the product or result of developing
a fact, event, or happening, esp one that changes a situation
an area or tract of land that has been developed
Also called: development section the section of a movement, usually in sonata form, in which the basic musical themes are developed
  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 Formsdevelopmental, adjectivedevelopmentally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for development

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

development in Medicine




The act of developing.
The state of being developed.
A significant event, occurrence, or change.
The natural progression from a previous, simpler, or embryonic stage to a later, more complex, or adult stage.
Related formsde•vel′op•mental (-mĕntl) adj.
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