Definition of undeveloped in English:



  • 1Not having been developed.

    ‘undeveloped coal reserves’
    • ‘The vote said that every nation, large and small, developed and undeveloped, had to accept some responsibility.’
    • ‘The area beyond the patio, down to the riverbank is also undeveloped and has further potential.’
    • ‘Westmoreland County's undeveloped forestlands also contributed to some flood prevention.’
    • ‘It also looks as if one of the last two undeveloped lots across the street from the ditch will become a construction site within days.’
    • ‘During the summer we explored the surrounding brushy lots of our largely undeveloped neighborhood.’
    • ‘Globalization increases the demand for natural resources in remote and undeveloped regions.’
    • ‘The fact is that these lands are largely undeveloped and possess great non-commercial value.’
    • ‘I'm in a highly urban area near no forests, no undeveloped areas.’
    • ‘He said that the use of the lake by larger, slower boats was appropriate but that there were more suitable places for such facilities than this largely undeveloped area of the lake.’
    • ‘They claim that countries in the Third World are not poor because they are inherently backward or undeveloped.’
    • ‘If this open space were ever lost, the only undeveloped land left in the vicinity would be the private and enclosed playing fields belonging to the school.’
    • ‘Ten years later it was proposed to transform the undeveloped centre into a coal power plant.’
    • ‘Industrial estates or undeveloped land are likely to be the most suitable sites.’
    • ‘But following new Government planning guidelines, the undeveloped land looks set to be placed back into the protective green belt.’
    • ‘The coast is relatively undeveloped at the moment but is likely to grow significantly in the next few years.’
    • ‘This means building new homes for York's growing population - ideally on land which has been used before but also on previously undeveloped land.’
    • ‘The central part of the old airfield remains undeveloped, home to six football pitches, a nature reserve and a model aircraft flying zone.’
    • ‘These undeveloped areas offer smooth and empty roads for cyclists.’
    • ‘The island is undeveloped and there are none of the classic Caribbean white sand beaches to which 21st century travellers flock.’
    • ‘There are substantial undeveloped reserves of oil, coal, and natural gas.’
    dormant, quiescent, inactive, untapped, unused
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    1. 1.1 Not having developed.
      ‘undeveloped buds and shoots’
      • ‘The science of planetary ecology is still young and undeveloped.’
      • ‘Most biotech companies are small and have undeveloped or fledgling product lines.’
      • ‘The participants then shoot their films and hand back the unedited, undeveloped stock, along with a co-ordinated CD soundtrack.’
      • ‘Characters are left half-developed or undeveloped so that as much plot as possible can be crammed into two hours.’
      rudimentary, unformed, immature, incomplete, incipient, inchoate, just beginning
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