Definition of development in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process of developing or being developed.

    ‘she traces the development of the novel’
    ‘the paintings provide evidence of his artistic development’
    • ‘It had grants to regional councils for social development, development and evaluation expenses and so on.’
    • ‘Some of the best ideas for products in development have come from existing chemistry and a bit of lateral thinking.’
    • ‘The glass is the result of an intensive development, testing and market research programme by Pilkington.’
    • ‘Unattended, they are easily denatured through the process of social development itself.’
    • ‘Your strategy identifies business development and investment as critical things you have to be better at.’
    • ‘As part of the cultural and artistic development of Brisbane, there are big arts projects taking place in the state.’
    • ‘Those experiences abroad were and are still vital to his artistic development.’
    • ‘But it is pretty solid in story development, no artistic posing at all.’
    • ‘It is to further this development that the World Socialist Web Site devotes its efforts.’
    • ‘Another tradition, more religiously approved, is the artistic development of calligraphy.’
    • ‘Zionism is the highest stage of imperialism, which is the third stage of the development of capitalism.’
    • ‘Musical ability and artistic development, like anything else, are more complicated than that.’
    • ‘The Arts Council wants to see the development of innovative artistic work, said Ms Russell.’
    • ‘The interrupted and fragmented health policy development in turn generates professional confusion.’
    • ‘Eventually, it will initiate development of future processors in the SuperH family itself.’
    • ‘It should be emphasized, however, that such a court-led process of social policy development has its own logic.’
    • ‘Growing leaves are characterized by dynamic gradients of growth processes and functional development.’
    • ‘It also makes a huge contribution to tourism, to audience development, and artistic excellence.’
    • ‘Taiwan underwent rapid social and economic development following the Second World War.’
    • ‘It is about understanding the entire arc of human social development since we emerged as a species.’
    evolution, growth, maturing, expansion, enlargement, spread, buildout, progress, success, blossoming, blooming, burgeoning, headway
    forming, establishment, institution, initiation, instigation, inauguration, origination, invention, generation
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    1. 1.1 A specified state of growth or advancement.
      ‘the wings attain their full development several hours after birth’
      • ‘After caterpillars reach their full development they seek depression in the bark and curl up in a web spun from some secretion which they exude.’
      • ‘The reproductive organs only attain full development at puberty, and degenerate and lose all or much of their functional importance as years accumulate.’
    2. 1.2count noun A new and advanced product or idea.
      ‘the latest developments in information technology’
      • ‘He had no interest in any modern developments in other areas of mathematics.’
      • ‘Padraig lived at a time when their were huge developments in the area of electronics.’
      • ‘However, I'm always happy to comment on any major developments in my particular areas of interest.’
      • ‘Perry Rees explains that every race is an important test-bed for new ideas and developments.’
      • ‘Are there clear psychological effects produced by developments in technology?’
      • ‘It is not often that Parliament has to frame legislation apt to apply to developments at the advanced cutting edge of science.’
      • ‘For those of us who consider air travel to be a positive development, this suggests some optimism that the panics haven't won.’
      • ‘Expect more developments in this field as the pressure of pro - surveillance legislation increases.’
      • ‘Another development is a product launched by Bank of Ireland last week.’
      • ‘Since the case management conference there has been a major development in this area of law.’
      • ‘They were also influenced by methodological developments in other areas of scholarship.’
      • ‘It is a model informed by developments in cognitive psychology and analytic philosophy.’
      • ‘It's certainly true that developments in neurosciences can produce huge benefits.’
      • ‘Farmers have seen little developments in the area of low cost slurry storage in the past number of years.’
      • ‘Sigtronics is pushing ahead with developments in several innovative areas.’
      • ‘Speed refers to observing and shaping developments in the area of operations.’
      • ‘Since then, developments in education can only be described as extraordinary.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the window cleaning industry is less than impressed with a development which threatens to leave them all washed up.’
      • ‘This may be partly explained by time lags in market and product developments in Canada.’
      • ‘Both developments will lead to knock-on improvements at the hospital in Dewsbury.’
  • 2count noun An event constituting a new stage in a changing situation.

    ‘I don't think there have been any new developments since yesterday’
    • ‘On the contrary, that medical report is based upon events and developments since July 2001.’
    • ‘At this juncture, a new development changed the political situation on the island.’
    • ‘He added that plans for a visit by Ban would be reconsidered in line with developments in the situation.’
    • ‘Of course, each one of these hopeful developments has its own origins and dynamics, distinct from the Iraq war.’
    • ‘He needs to offer independent confirmation of these events and developments.’
    • ‘Indeed, a number of events and developments since the invasion have raised further issues.’
    • ‘Whichever way you vote, most of the exciting developments in politics are happening outside the electoral orb.’
    • ‘Only in this way can it intervene in social developments as an independent political force.’
    • ‘The Greens fear for their political survival in the event of a similar development at the federal level.’
    • ‘Participants will also discuss political and economic developments in the Middle East.’
    • ‘This dispute is a regrettable development for a product that has survived many setbacks.’
    • ‘The issue of monetary union as an accompaniment to the single market was not addressed at this stage of developments.’
    • ‘The Bulgarians do not know what to expect after the latest developments, diplomats said.’
    • ‘It has to be said though that the developments at CND do not augur well for a future more unified approach.’
    • ‘Rather in keeping with the tenor of the match, one of the most significant developments happened by accident.’
    • ‘We do have a new development now in the situation at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.’
    • ‘The political and military developments of the past few weeks have weakened both of these supports.’
    • ‘If a crisis develops in Britain it is likely to be the product of domestic developments.’
    • ‘It's plainly had a lot of positive developments in producing a more interdependent world.’
    • ‘Recent developments suggest policymakers are going to face some real tests in the coming year.’
    event, turn of events, occurrence, happening, circumstance, incident, phenomenon, situation, issue, outcome, upshot
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  • 3The process of converting land to a new purpose by constructing buildings or making use of its resources.

    ‘land suitable for development’
    • ‘Lack of proper transportation system in the region is also a major hurdle in the development of the area.’
    • ‘He said he was also in favour of rezoning the lands to allow the developments to take place.’
    • ‘The big job has started at Ougham on the Ballymote Road where a major development of a new housing estate is now underway.’
    • ‘In the past Chorley has lost many historical buildings, either to property development, or the growth of car ownership.’
    • ‘The biggest threat to their existence is habitat fragmentation caused by development, says Douglas.’
    • ‘The theme of Creative Planet is sustainable development and any buildings will reflect this.’
    • ‘It points out that such a corridor development can deal with economic, social and environmental issues.’
    • ‘Stott warns it is not the climate we should be looking to change, but policies towards land development and building.’
    • ‘Something else I do not understand is why there are so many new developments of unused buildings.’
    • ‘Peace, reconciliation, nation building and sustainable development are what we seek.’
    • ‘A city is bound to meet with problems in the process of its development.’
    • ‘This will be supported by a further allocation from DFID for the land and site development.’
    • ‘There are a number of transport corridors and oil pipelines that are in the process of development to serve this function.’
    • ‘There is a clause in the planning law against building development on open land.’
    • ‘The move comes amid fears of possible housing and industrial development across the area if the Tories drop the plan at the vote tomorrow.’
    • ‘The Assembly recognises that not all previously developed land is suitable for development.’
    • ‘Other future developments in housing were mainly dependent on where the council could get lands.’
    • ‘These green industries can not only create more jobs, but also promote sustainable development of the land.’
    • ‘The team hopes the study will influence Ottawa as to whether the land is sold for development or preserved in its natural state.’
    • ‘The development of the area adds extra interest to the guided Waterfront walking tour.’
    1. 3.1count noun An area of land with new buildings on it.
      ‘a major housing development in Essex’
      • ‘With no new developments in Borris in the past few years it is expected that a small development like this will sell quickly.’
      • ‘In addition, we have engaged some of the best designers in the country to come up with innovative yet practical ideas for the development.’
      • ‘The officer followed the vehicle to a housing development in the Shelf area of Halifax and saw it being loaded by a mechanical excavator.’
      • ‘The first stage of a flagship development being built in the heart of Bradford is set to open later this month.’
      • ‘Families have welcomed plans to turn an empty school site into a housing development.’
      • ‘New housing developments will produce more car owners than car parking spaces.’
      • ‘Linden is a stylish development situated off G rove Avenue in Blackrock.’
      • ‘The exercise has also come about because of housing developments in the area which could affect population trends.’
      • ‘A traditional Wharfedale community is set to increase by a third due to major planned housing developments.’
      • ‘It is a residential street and it should stay residential but the council are going to make more money having a commercial development.’
      • ‘Contempo is currently marketing a new development situated just six miles from the Walt Disney resort.’
      • ‘The meeting heard that despite the site being up for sale for some time no company had come forward with a view to using it as a commercial development.’
      • ‘Mr. Reay-Young says he expects further expansion if developments go to plan.’
      • ‘The other runs a series of housing developments, building homes for the new middle class.’
      • ‘The Council is also considering sites for housings developments in two other villages in the area.’
      • ‘There is little detail about retail and leisure developments so presumably nothing to catch the imagination is on its way.’
      • ‘The size of housing developments in the Killea area is currently limited to no more than four to six houses.’
      • ‘This property is situated in an attractive development in one of the best new residential locations in Cork City.’
      • ‘A school is set to give up some of its land for a housing development in exchange for a new sports field, it has been revealed.’
      • ‘The Crossings Business Park was one of a number of commercial developments undertaken by the firm.’
      estate, complex, site, conglomeration
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  • 4The process of starting to be affected by an ailment or feeling.

    ‘the development of brittle bones’
    • ‘The psychoanalysts have concerned themselves with the problem of the nature of the development of love in the neonate and infant.’
    • ‘This paper will be restricted to the presentation of certain examples of the influence of temperature upon the development of disease in plants.’
  • 5The process of treating photographic film with chemicals to make a visible image.

    ‘agitation is carried out while a film is processed to ensure even development’
    • ‘A method of preparing a roll of film for development and developing the film is also disclosed.’
    • ‘Considerable differences were found in the speed of regeneration and in the development of the wax films.’
    • ‘The bioluminescence emission was visualized following film development.’
    • ‘It is made visible to the human eye by development in a series of chemical baths.’
  • 6Chess
    The process of bringing one's pieces into play in the opening phase of a game.

    ‘I sought to take advantage of Black's defective development’
    • ‘Instead he calmly fianchettoes a bishop and argues the he can attend to things like development later in the game.’
    • ‘He is behind in development, can't castle kingside and his queenside is weakened.’