Definition of DEVELOPMENT


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development" ;

  • 2. (

    ) a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer" ;

  • 4. (

    ) a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!" ;

  • 5. (

    ) the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful; "the development of Alaskan resources"; "the exploitation of copper deposits" ;

  • 6. (

    ) a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; "such land is practical for small park developments" ;

  • 7. (

    ) a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess); "after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter"; "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen" ;

  • 8. (

    ) processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours" ;

  • 9. (

    ) (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated ;

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