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development

de·vel·op·ment

development

 
pronunciation:
dih ve lp mnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process of developing or bringing to a completed state.
A frog is called a tadpole during the early stage of its development.The development of the new highway took several years.
synonyms:
advancement, amplification, elaboration, enlargement, evolution, expansion, furtherance, generation, growth, progress, progression
antonyms:
decline
similar words:
career, civilization, formation, improvement, magnification, maturation, nurture, promotion, reinforcement
definition 2: the state of being developed.
synonyms:
elaboration, establishment, expansion
similar words:
amplification, formation, improvement, progress, promotion, reinforcement
definition 3: an event or happening of consequence.
They will report on the latest developments in the war.
synonyms:
event
similar words:
happening, occurrence
definition 4: a group of houses or other structures, usu. built by the same person or company.
similar words:
complex, subdivision, suburb
derivations: developmental (adj.), developmentally (adv.)
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