development Definition

  • 1the process of growing, changing, or becoming more advanced
  • 2a new product or idea that is being developed or created

Using development: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "development" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The development of technology has changed the way we live.

  • Example

    The company is investing in the development of a new software program.

  • Example

    The city is experiencing rapid development and expansion.

  • Example

    The child's language development is impressive.

development Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for development

Idioms Using development

  • in the process of being developed or created.


    The new product is still in the course of development and won't be released until next year.

  • a surprising event or piece of news that was not expected.


    The sudden resignation of the CEO was a development that took everyone by surprise.

  • a good or beneficial change or event.


    The increase in funding for education is a positive development for the community.

Phrases with development

  • economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.


    The government is promoting sustainable development to protect the environment.

  • the business of buying and selling land and buildings for development purposes.


    The real estate development in the area has led to an increase in property values.

  • the process of designing, creating, testing, and maintaining software.


    The company specializes in software development for mobile devices.

Origins of development

from Old French 'desveloper', meaning 'unwrap, unfurl, unveil'


Summary: development in Brief

The term 'development' [dɪˈvɛləpmənt] refers to the process of growth, change, or advancement. It can describe progress in various fields, such as technology, language, or real estate. 'Development' also encompasses phrases like 'sustainable development' and idioms like 'a positive development,' which denote beneficial changes or events.

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