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What is R&D?


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R&D is an abbreviation for "Research and Development". It is used to refer a department within a large company or organisation and, in that case, the abbreviation is usually used. Therefore it is a term you hear quite frequently in business and areas of government. The term can also be used simply to mean researching and creating something new. In this case, the full phrase is usually used and not the abbreviation. Ex: The R&D department needs to look into more cost-effective methods. Ex: A lot of research and development has gone into the government's new budget.

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