Definition of developed in US English:



  • 1Advanced or elaborated to a specified degree.

    ‘a fully developed system of public law’
    • ‘The south coast of the Ukraine, including Crimea, was a developed centre of grape culture in ancient times.’
    • ‘A highly developed service culture has grown to meet demand.’
    • ‘In humans, as in other primates, the visual system is highly developed, followed closely by the auditory system.’
    • ‘Multi sampling is a slightly more developed and intellectual approach to the problem.’
    • ‘Their funeral ceremonies suggest a developed cultural life.’
    • ‘Much as the United States did then, China has a dynamic economy that lacks a developed financial system.’
    • ‘In fact, many species of birds have a highly developed olfactory system.’
    • ‘The reason for the total collapse of this highly developed culture is unknown.’
    • ‘Many RPGs have an alignment system but relatively few have a fully developed path for evil characters.’
    • ‘Chloroplasts in these plants were smaller and contained poorly developed thylakoid membrane systems.’
    • ‘Here in only 50 years has been the creation of a developed system of law.’
    • ‘Arguably the most developed of these bilingual cultures were located in Bengal and Maharashtra.’
    • ‘Rather the ape had achieved its high status through intellect, the dog on account of highly developed emotions.’
    • ‘Explorers might find a highly developed and intelligent variety of worm which would not need oxygen to live.’
    • ‘However, these systems were less developed than those on leaf stomata, a feature that might be responsible for their inactivity.’
    • ‘What about cultivating some sort of developed and mature taste for quality in worship music?’
    • ‘We had been aware that the epidemic in Papua is more developed than in other parts of Indonesia.’
    • ‘Bricolage is an actively developed content management system with a browser-based interface.’
    • ‘Germany has a highly developed social security system and places a strong emphasis on education and vocational training.’
    • ‘Most tsunamis appear as an advancing tide without having a developed wave face, resulting in rapid flooding of low-lying coastal areas.’
    informed, aware, educated, knowledgeable, learned, wise, literate, intellectual, tutored, illuminated, apprised
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 (of a person or part of the body) having specified physical proportions.
      ‘a strongman with well-developed muscles’
      • ‘Kaitya walked up to the incubator and stared at the almost completely developed child within.’
      • ‘Then in middle school it was her slowly developed body, and finally in high school, she was a nerd because of her good grades.’
      • ‘The last thing it needs is for people to be fully developed and functional human beings.’
      • ‘Fabian was only eighteen, but he was more physically developed than most his age, despite his stature.’
      • ‘There are some very attractive figure hugging outfits and well developed bodies, some nice grunting too.’
      • ‘The young are ejected from the womb before they are completely developed and complete their term in an external pouch.’
      • ‘Annual flowers and vegetables are at their best in midlife when they are fully developed and doing what they are supposed to do.’
      • ‘That is because children born at the start of the school year are going to be a little older and more physically developed than their classmates.’
      • ‘Yao looks awkward running, but I think it's because his upper body is less developed than his lower body.’
      • ‘Physical examination revealed a well developed man in no acute distress.’
      • ‘Daily, they fall behind, and the gulf between them and their developed partners widens.’
      • ‘She was more developed than most girls her age and that made them all jealous.’
      • ‘There are serious difficulties in assuming that fully developed adults are children.’
      • ‘When they are fully developed, the larvae drop to the soil, burrow one inch or less and pupate.’
    2. 1.2 (of a country or region) advanced economically and socially.
      ‘the developed world’
      ‘economic assistance to the less-developed countries’
      • ‘Tasmanian logging is wholly dependent on a degree of government indulgence unknown elsewhere in the developed world.’
      • ‘Anyone involved in post-compulsory education in the developed world would do well to read this book.’
      • ‘There must be no more division of the world into civilized and uncivilized, developed and underdeveloped.’
      • ‘How the people of a particular country put up with queuing is, I think, a sign of our developed our culture is.’
      • ‘Nearly every education system in the developed world is in the middle of an active debate about third level policy.’
      • ‘Lung cancer was found to be the next biggest killer in the developed world, sending over half a million people to an early grave.’
      • ‘Though it is taken for granted in the developed world, mass education is a relatively recent phenomenon.’
      • ‘The TTC gets less government support than any system in the developed world.’
      • ‘Perhaps the only consolation is that every other health system in the developed world will be facing the same sort of crisis at the same time.’
      • ‘Among the proposals are demands that banks in the developed world repatriate money pilfered by corrupt leaders and inform on suspicious accounts.’
      • ‘I wonder if the developed world has ever seen so many people homeless?’
      • ‘It still is one of the least economically developed countries in South America.’
      • ‘These give clear advice for more junior doctors and are applicable to all healthcare systems in the developed world.’
      • ‘My recent conversation with him on the issue of aging in the developed world was illuminating.’
      • ‘The rest of the developed world is placing an absolute premium on higher education.’
      • ‘The developing countries began to copy and re-create aspects of the developed countries' economies.’
      • ‘I am sure, our leadership and our people can achieve the second vision of developed India.’
      • ‘Almost three centuries later, the stock exchange is even more important in the economic life of a developed country than it was at the time of the above case studies.’
      • ‘Second, because no country in the developed world needs educational improvements more urgently than Australia.’
      • ‘I think that this is going to have a snowballing effect in terms of shaping public opinion in the developed world.’