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[ UK /dɪvˈɛləpmənt/ ]
[ US /dɪˈvɛɫəpmənt/ ]
  1. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
    the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours
  5. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
    what a revolting development!
    recent developments in Iraq
  6. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
    such land is practical for small park developments
  7. a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
    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
  8. (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
    he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children
  9. act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
    they funded research and development
    he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency
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How To Use development In A Sentence

  • Mr. Sorapong, 35 years old, selected industrial estate developers Hemaraj Land & Development PCL and Amata Corporation PCL among his top picks, with Hemaraj returning 147% over the course of 2010 and Amata providing a 99% return on investment. Real Estate
  • Instead, the thin sandy developments defining the sequence boundaries suggest sandy sabkhas and sand sheets supplied by this undersaturated wind system and only preserved as a consequence of renewed lake-level rise.
  • Two more debates are scheduled in the coming weeks, one debate dealing with education and health will be held in Irbid next week and the final week before elections the southern city of Karak will witness a candidates debate on agriculture and development. Daoud Kuttab: Jordanian Candidate Uses Debate to Call for Curtailing King's Powers
  • This viewpoint is of great significance as a guideline for the rapid development of socialist economy.
  • Homeobox genes encode transcription factors involved in many aspects of developmental processes.
  • The development of innovative new technologies and highly specific, nonradioactive labels has changed all of that. The Scientist
  • The development includes eight sound stages, production facilities, digital facilities and outdoor back lot areas.
  • We will be watching them very closely as we value our green open land and believe this could be phase two of the development.
  • The PHA document is updated as necessary throughout the early phases of the development process.
  • It will also make changes to the research and development tax credits schemes by redefining them to make them easier to claim.
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