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Definition 1: act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining - [noun denoting act]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency
  • they funded research and development

(development is a kind of ...) the act of improving something

"their improvements increased the value of the property"

(... is a kind of development ) gradual improvement or growth or development

"advancement of knowledge" "great progress in the arts"

(... is a kind of development ) the action of making broader

"the broadening of travel"

(... is a kind of development ) developing in intricate and painstaking detail

(... is a kind of development ) improving an existing product or developing new kinds of products

Definition 2: the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful - [noun denoting act]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the development of Alaskan resources
  • the exploitation of copper deposits

Synonyms for development in the sense of this definition

(development is a kind of ...) the act of using

"he warned against the use of narcotic drugs" "skilled in the utilization of computers"

(... is a kind of development ) making an area of land more useful

(... is a kind of development ) making an area of water more useful

(... is a kind of development ) exploitation to the point of diminishing returns

(... is a kind of development ) the act of capitalizing on an opportunity

(... is a kind of development ) the act of commercializing something; involving something in commerce

"my father considered the commercialization of Christmas to be a sacrilege" "the government tried to accelerate the commercialization of this development" "both companies will retain control over the commercialization of their own products"

(... is a kind of development ) the act of providing electricity

"the electrification of rural Tennessee"

(... is a kind of development ) the joint development of a petroleum resource that straddles territory controlled by different companies

Definition 3: (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated - [noun denoting communication]

(development is a kind of ...) a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

"he always turns first to the business section" "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"

(development belongs to category ...) an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

Definition 4: a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation - [noun denoting event]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • recent developments in Iraq
  • what a revolting development!

(development is a kind of ...) an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

"the change was intended to increase sales" "this storm is certainly a change for the worse" "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

(... is a kind of development ) an unforeseen development

"events suddenly took an awkward turn"

(... is a kind of development ) a remarkable development

(... is a kind of development ) a development that complicates a situation

"the court's decision had many unforeseen ramifications"

Definition 5: a district that has been developed to serve some purpose - [noun denoting location]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • such land is practical for small park developments

(development is a kind of ...) a region marked off for administrative or other purposes

(... is a kind of development ) a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management

"they live in the new housing development"

(... is a kind of development ) a residential area where the houses were all planned and built at the same time

Definition 6: processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible - [noun denoting process]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours

Synonyms for development in the sense of this definition

(development is a kind of ...) preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure

"the processing of newly arrived immigrants" "the processing of ore to obtain minerals"

(... is a kind of development ) (photography) inadequate processing of film resulting in inadequate contrast

Definition 7: (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 - [noun denoting process]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children

Synonyms for development in the sense of this definition

(development is a kind of ...) a process occurring in living organisms

(... is a kind of development ) (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)

"the culture of cells in a Petri dish"

(... is a kind of development ) the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced

(... is a kind of development ) the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction)

(... is a kind of development ) differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism)

(... is a kind of development ) the development of a myelin sheath around a nerve fiber

(... is a kind of development ) the development of nerve tissues

(... is a kind of development ) emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species

(... is a kind of development ) growth by the rapid multiplication of parts

(... is a kind of development ) a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind

(... is a kind of development ) the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors

(... is a kind of development ) progressive acquisition of skills involving both mental and motor activities

(... is a kind of development ) (psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage

(... is a kind of development ) the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow

(... is a kind of development ) the failure to develop some part or organ

(... is a kind of development ) the eruption through the gums of baby teeth

(... is a kind of development ) the development of defects in an embryo

(... is a kind of development ) the process of growth in plants

(... is a kind of development ) the process of growing into a youth

(... is a kind of development ) (biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall

(... is a kind of development ) the developmental process of forming tooth enamel

(... is a kind of development ) the formation of new blood vessels

(... is a kind of development ) (biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material

(... is a kind of development ) growth from increase in cell size without cell division

(... is a kind of development ) the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms

(... is a kind of development ) introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution)

(... is a kind of development ) (botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals)

(... is a kind of development ) the process of fostering the growth of something

"the cultivation of bees for honey"

(... is a kind of development ) the origin and development and variation of cells

(... is a kind of development ) the fruiting stage of the inflorescence

(... is a kind of development ) the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)

"a shrub of spreading habit"

(... is a kind of development ) the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow

(... is a kind of development ) the development and maturation of sex cells through meiosis

(... is a kind of development ) the bearing of fruit

(... is a kind of development ) (botany) the process of forming leaves

(development is a part of ...) the process in which a gastrula develops from a blastula by the inward migration of cells

(development belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

(development is the domain which ... is member of) the growth rates in different parts of a growing organism are the same

Definition 8: a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage) - [noun denoting process]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the development of his ideas took many years
  • the evolution of Greek civilization
  • the slow development of her skill as a writer

Synonyms for development in the sense of this definition

(development is a kind of ...) a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

"events now in process" "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

(... is a kind of development ) the development of a consonant phoneme into a sibilant

(... is a kind of development ) a process of becoming deeper and more profound

(... is a kind of development ) a progression from simpler to more complex forms

"the growth of culture"

(... is a kind of development ) a developmental process

"the flowering of antebellum culture"

Definition 9: a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess) - [noun denoting state]

Samples where development or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(development is a kind of ...) a condition superior to an earlier condition

"the new school represents a great improvement"

(... is a kind of development ) state of inadequate development

"much poverty can be traced to the underdevelopment of industry"

(development belongs to category ...) a board game for two players who move their 16 pieces according to specific rules; the object is to checkmate the opponent's king

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