|1.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||improvement advancement broadening product_development elaboration develop|
|2.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||degeneration process growth deepening unfolding assibilation evolve|
|3.||[ noun ] 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"
|Related terms:||use commercialization water_development overexploitation land_development capitalization electrification unitisation develop exploit|
|4.||[ noun ] a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation|
"recent developments in Iraq" "what a revolting development!"
|Related terms:||change phenomenon turn complication break|
|5.||[ noun ] (geography) a district that has been developed to serve some purpose|
"such land is practical for small park developments"
|Related terms:||territory district housing_development housing_estate develop|
|6.||[ noun ] a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)|
"he saw the latest development" "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
|Related terms:||improvement underdevelopment chess|
|7.||[ noun ] (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|
|Synonyms:||growth growing maturation ontogenesis ontogeny|
"he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
|Related terms:||nondevelopment organic_process proliferation rooting blossoming culture cohesion fructification auxesis cenogenesis gametogenesis germination spermatogenesis intussusception infructescence suppression amelogenesis life_cycle foliation angiogenesis apposition juvenescence psychomotor_development morphogenesis myelinisation neurogenesis psychosexual_development masculinization dentition teratogenesis oogenesis cytogenesis palingenesis vegetation gastrulation isometry biology grow grow mature age|
|8.||[ noun ] processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible|
"the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"
|Related terms:||processing underdevelopment develop|