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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
(di vel′əp mənt), n. WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- the act or process of developing;
progress:child development; economic development.
- a significant consequence or event:recent developments in the field of science.
- a developed state or form:Drama reached its highest development in the plays of Shakespeare.
- Music and Dance[Music.]the part of a movement or composition in which a theme or themes are developed.
- Businessa large group of private houses or of apartment houses, often of similar design, constructed as a unified community, esp. by a real-estate developer or government organization.
- [Chess.]the act or process of developing chess pieces.
- Mining[Mining.]the work of digging openings, as tunnels, raises, and winzes, to give access to new workings, and of erecting necessary structures.
de•vel′op•men′tal, de•vel′op•men′ta•ry, adj.
1 . expansion, elaboration, growth, evolution;
- French développement
- develop + -ment, or 1745–55
unfolding, opening, maturing, maturation. 3 . maturity, ripeness. 5 . community, subdivision.
1 . deterioration, disintegration.
de•vel•op /dɪˈvɛləp/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•vel•op•ment, n. [countable]Developments were proceeding so fast he could no longer keep up.[uncountable]the development of nuclear weapons.
develop is a verb, development is a noun, developing and developed are adjectives:Learners want to develop good language skills. Their development was very slow. Developing countries are poor; developed countries are rich.
- to bring out the possibilities (of);
come or bring to a more advanced state: [no object]Her reading skills were developing at a rapid pace.[~ + object]new plans to develop natural resources.
- to (cause to) grow or expand: [no object]Your biceps will develop quickly with that exercise.[~ + object]exercises to develop your biceps.
- to bring into being or activity; produce[~ + object]to develop new techniques.
- to (cause to) come into an active state, such as by natural growth or internal processes: [no object]Cancer developed rapidly in the lab mice.[~ + object]He had begun to develop an allergy.
- to elaborate or expand in detail; show in detail[~ + object]began to gather facts to develop his theory.
- to build on or improve (a piece of land), esp. so as to make more profitable[~ + object]The builders are developing that part of town.
- to be made visible, clear, or easy to see; become manifest: [no object]The plot develops slowly.[It + ~ + that clause]It developed that my client had an alibi for that night.
- Photographyto immerse (film) in chemicals so that an image becomes visible: [no object]With this instant film, the picture develops in only one minute.[~ + object]How long will it take to develop these pictures?
(di vel′əp), v.t.
- to bring out the capabilities or possibilities of;
bring to a more advanced or effective state:to develop natural resources; to develop one's musical talent.
- to cause to grow or expand:to develop one's muscles.
- to elaborate or expand in detail:to develop a theory.
- to bring into being or activity; generate;
- [Drafting.]to transfer the details of (a more or less two-dimensional design, pattern, or the like) from one surface, esp. one that is prismatic or cylindrical, onto another, usually planar, in such a way that the distances between points remain the same.
- to cause to go through the process of natural evolution from a previous and lower stage.
Mathematics[Math.]to express in an extended form, as in a series.
Music and Dance[Music.]to unfold, by various technical means, the inherent possibilities of (a theme).
- to cause to progress from an embryonic to an adult form.
- to render visible (the latent image on an exposed film or the like).
Chess[Chess.]to bring (a piece) into effective play, esp. during the initial phase of a game when pieces are moved from their original position on the board:He developed his rook by castling.
Mining[Mining.]to prepare (a new mine) for working by digging access openings and building necessary structures.
- to treat (an exposed film or the like) with chemicals so as to render the latent image visible.
- to grow into a more mature or advanced state;
expand:She is developing into a good reporter.
- to come gradually into existence or operation; be evolved.
- to be disclosed;
become evident or manifest:The plot of the novel developed slowly.
- Photographyto undergo developing, as a photographic film.
- to progress from an embryonic to an adult form.
- to progress from earlier to later stages of ontogeny or phylogeny.
- to reach sexual maturity.
- Middle French développer, Old French desveloper, equivalent. to des- dis-1 + voloper to wrap up; see envelop
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
development /dɪˈvɛləpmənt/ n
- the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing
- the product or result of developing
- a fact, event, or happening, esp one that changes a situation
- an area or tract of land that has been developed
Also called: development section the section of a movement, usually in sonata form, in which the basic musical themes are developed
- the process of developing pieces
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