Definition of development noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈveləpmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈveləpmənt//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the gradual growth of something so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc. a baby’s development in the womb the development of basic skills such as literacy and numeracy career development
  2. new product
  3. 2  [uncountable, countable] the process of producing or creating something new or more advanced; a new or advanced product the development of vaccines against tropical diseases developments in aviation technology This piece of equipment is an exciting new development. see also research and development
  4. new event
  5. 3  [countable] a new event or stage that is likely to affect what happens in a continuing situation the latest developments in the war Are there further developments in the investigation?
  6. new buildings
  7. 4  [countable] a piece of land with new buildings on it a commercial/business/housing development see also ribbon development See related entries: Construction
  8. 5  [uncountable] the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc. He bought the land for development. See related entries: Construction
  9. Extra examples A UN team is monitoring the development of the peace process. A group of experts has been brought together to support the development of the project. A more powerful version of this electric bus in currently in development. A new vaccine is under development. Cell divisions during development occur in a fixed sequence. Education stimulates the development of rational thinking. Environmental factors can accelerate the development of certain cancers. He influenced the development of modern dance. I do a lot of research and development work in my job. In the opening chapter, the author traces the development of judo from its ancient roots. Ribbon developments extended along the main road. Ribbon developments= lines of buildings extended along the main road. School should encourage the full development of a student’s talents. The agency supports and promotes sustainable economic development. The building plans are for a mixed-use development. The city has undergone rapid development. The company went deep into debt to finance the development of the engine. The invention requires more development work to make it viable. The move from TV to film was a logical development in her career. There is tremendous opportunity for personal and professional development at our company. This is a perfectly normal stage of development. Too much emphasis on memorizing facts can inhibit the development of creative thinking. an important stage in the development of Anglo-Irish relations community development projects new developments in film-making the lengthy development process of a new model of car the significant developments taking place in the health service the three-year development cycle of their products Are there any further developments in the investigation? The company can offer a number of opportunities for career development. The government is encouraging the development of small businesses. The protesters oppose plans to build a commercial development on the site. We live in a new housing development. a baby’s development in the womb a luxury residential development
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: development