- the act or process of developing; growth; progress: child development; economic development.
- a significant consequence or event: recent developments in the field of science.
- a developed or advanced state or form: Drama reached its highest development in the plays of Shakespeare.
- 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.
- 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.
- Chess. the act or process of developing chess pieces.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for development
A second document was titled: “Gambia Reborn: A Charter for Transition from Dictatorship to Democracy and Development.”The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country
January 6, 2015
Children in households with more equitable participation of men show better health and development.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
He just walked around the periphery of the development and proceeded on.Exclusive: Inside a Cop-Killer’s Final Hours
December 31, 2014
Riots broke out in 1994, after Iranian authorities replaced a Sunni mosque in Mashad with a development project.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
There will be a lot of talk about “sustainable” development, but so far that has been elusive.Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!
December 18, 2014
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 Conquest of Fear
The development of living ideals is not in an atmosphere of cynicism.The Call of the Twentieth Century
David Starr Jordan
Travel and new experiences were necessary to the development of his mind.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- 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
- the process of developing pieces
- the manner in which they are developed
- the position of the pieces in the early part of a game with reference to their attacking potential or defensive efficiency
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.
- 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.