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spoken English27.88%written English72.12% conversational speech3.41%task-oriented speech96.59% imaginative writing3.47%informational writing96.53%
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Definition of the noun development

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Development is one of the top 50 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: developments

  1. act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
    • examples: he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency | they funded research and development
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: improvement = the act of improving something
    • more specific terms:
  2. a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
    • examples: the development of his ideas took many years | the slow development of her skill as a writer
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of development: evolution
    • more generic terms: physical process / process = a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
    • more specific words:
      • assibilation = the development of a consonant phoneme into a sibilant
      • deepening = a process of becoming deeper and more profound
      • growth = a progression from simpler to more complex forms
      • flowering / unfolding = a developmental process
  3. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
  4. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
  5. the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  6. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
    • example: such land is practical for small park developments
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • more generic terms: district / dominion / territorial dominion / territory = a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
    • more specific terms:
      • housing development = a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management
      • housing estate = a residential area where the houses were all planned and built at the same time
  7. a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
    • examples: 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
    • domain: chess / chess game
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: improvement / melioration = a condition superior to an earlier condition
    • more specific word: underdevelopment = state of inadequate development
  8. processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
    • example: the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours
    • lexical domain: Natural Processes - nouns denoting natural processes
    • synonym of development: developing
    • more generic word: processing = preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure
    • more specific word: underdevelopment = inadequate processing of film resulting in inadequate contrast
  9. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated

Alternative definition of the noun development


  1. [uncountable] The process of developing; growth, directed change
  2. [uncountable, biology] The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells.
  3. [countable] Something which has developed
  4. [countable] A real estate development
  5. [uncountable] The application of new ideas to practical problems (cf. research)
  6. [context: chess, uncountable] The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it
  7. [music] The second section of a piece of music in sonata form.

Specialised definition of the noun development

Glossary of sports

process of continuous change to a state of specialized functional capacity and adaption to maintain that state, Often confused with growth and maturation (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

Glossary of sports / fencing

extension of the sword arm as part of a lunge


  1. "Development" is the second album released by the four-piece alternative metal music group, Nonpoint. It was their second and final album released through MCA Records.
  2. "Development" is a musical album of Earth Leakage Trip.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  3. "Development" is a musical album of The Round Square.
    • released on
  4. "Development" is a musical album of Antoine Dufour.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  5. "Development" is a composition.
  6. "Development" is a musical album of The Ghostwood.


"Development" is a book by Josi Froitzheim.

  • also known as "Development: an authentic missionary apostolate"


  1. Development is a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of developmental biology that covers cellular and molecular mechanisms of animal and plant development. Topics covered include stem cells and nuclear reprogramming, regional specification, morphogenesis, organogenesis, evolution of the developmental process, and developmental studies of disease.
  2. Development: In classical differential geometry, development refers to the simple idea of rolling one smooth surface over another in Euclidean space. For example, the tangent plane to a surface at a point can be rolled around the surface to obtain the tangent plane at other points.
  3. Development: In the mathematical field of topology, a development is a countable collection of open covers of a topological space that satisfies certain separation axioms.
  4. Development: Activities specifically related to development and fundraising, seeking donations, endowments, gifts and bequests targeted at Alumni.

Phrases with Development

Phrases ending with the word Development:

  1. land development
  2. water development
  3. ribbon development
  4. housing development
  5. product development
  6. arrested development
  7. Software Development
  8. Community development
  9. Dualistic Development
  10. psychomotor development
  11. Real estate development
  12. Sustainable development
  13. psychosexual development
  14. housing and urban development
  15. secretary of housing and urban development
  16. department of housing and urban development
  17. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Other phrases containing the word Development:

  1. social development commission
  2. international development association
  3. advanced research and development activity

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Development

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Google previewPolitical Science for Civil Services Main Examination

by N.D. Arora

Planning and Economic Development Development is a universal phenomenon. ... Esman says : "Development is the rational process of organising and carrying out prudently conceived and staffed programmes or projects as one would...

To Colm and Greiger, development means change, change coupled with growth.

Google previewExploring Social Change (2015)

America and the World by Charles L. Harper, Kevin T. Leicht

Development is the goal, and economic growth is an important means. So development means not only economic growth, but also improvements in the quality of life and the gradual empowerment of...

Google previewNatural Resources Management and Agrarian Development (2010)

Introduction The term rural development is a subset of the broader term development. Development is a universally cherished goal of individuals, families, communities and nations all over the world. It is also natural in the sense that all forms ...

Google previewAgro-Technology Transfer Programme: An Assessment (2002)

by D DasGupta, S Chowdhury

adopted a similar definition which states, " Development is a type of social change in...

Google previewOrganization Effectiveness and Change Management (2013)

by Kondalkar, Kondalkar V. G.

Organizational transformation, or organizational development is a buzzword in successful and growth-oriented organizations. The information technology revolution and other technology adoption has made a big dent in structure, functioning, ...

Google previewPreparing Our Teachers (2002)

Opportunities for Better Reading Instruction by Peggy McNamara, M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin, Catherine Snow, Dorothy Strickland

Professional Development Is the Job Anthony Alvarado, Chancellor for Instruction, San Diego (California) City Schools...

that teaching is what we do every day and professional development is an occasional seminar or workshop or institute.

Google previewMind and Body (1923)

Nervous development means building power for action out of the latent inherited resources in the nervous system.

Natural muscular development is a symbol of nervous development and power.

Google previewTowards a New Era (2001)

Economic, Social and Political Reforms by M. L. Sondhi

Lakshimi Introduction Sustainable economic development is the goal towards which each and every country is...

Google previewComputing and Intelligent Systems (2011)

International Conference, ICCIC 2011, held in Wuhan, China, September 17-18, 2011. Proceedings by Yanwen Wu

Team knowledge creation for product development is a complicated process. However, now...

Introduction In knowledge economy era, new product development is the base of corporation's competitive advantages. In an increasingly ...

Google previewUML for Database Design (2001)

by Eric J. Naiburg, Robert A. Maksimchuck

Systems Development Is a Team Sport In today's business climate, systems development is a game that you can't afford to lose. Losing the game can literally cost you your entire business. Business analysis, software development, and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Of Economic Development (2005)

by P. K. Jalan

INTRODUCTION Planning is a necessity for meaningful development and it must be looked upon as a thorough knowledge as to what the inhabitants of a nation think and expect from the planning processes. Nevertheless, public participation ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Rural Planning and Development (2000)

by K. K. Singh, S. Ali

Agricultural development is taken here to be an important component of rural development since it is a life style of the majority. Following Rogers (1969) ' Development' has also been underlying assumption is that the study of the structure and ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Environmental Pollution, Agriculture and Health Hazards: Population development, environment and health (2004)

by A. K. Shrivastava

Chapter 1 POPULATION AND ENVIRONMENT POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES Basis for action The everyday activities of all human beings, communities and countries are interrelated with population change, patterns and ...

Google previewThe development of the dictionary of the English language (1915)

with special reference to the Funk & Wagnalls new Standard dictionary by Frank H. Vizetelly

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE DICTIONARY OP THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE A promoter, now commonly accepted as one who encourages or furthers an enterprise, was at another time no more than a common informer, and, in law, one who ...

Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge by Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender

Criminology Development: Sub-Saharan and Education: Commonwealth of Critical and cultural theory southern Africa Independent States Cultural criticism Development: Western Europe Education: Curriculum in schools Cultural studies ...

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Usage statistics about development

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun development:

spoken English27.88%written English72.12% conversational speech3.41%task-oriented speech96.59% imaginative writing3.47%informational writing96.53%

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Quotes about Development

And then we've got Blades of Glory, and we've got Brothers Solomon, and I've got a script in development with this guy Chuck Martin who used to write on Arrested, and, you know, we have a few things in various stages of development. (Will Arnett)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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