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English noun: development

1. development (act) act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining


SamplesHe congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency.
They funded research and development.


Broader (hypernym)improvement


Narrower (hyponym)advancement, broadening, elaboration, product development, progress, working out

2. development (process) a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)


SamplesThe development of his ideas took many years.
The evolution of Greek civilization.
The slow development of her skill as a writer.


Synonymsevolution


Broader (hypernym)physical process, process


Narrower (hyponym)assibilation, deepening, flowering, growth, unfolding


Antonymsdegeneration, devolution

3. development (process) (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


SamplesHe proposed an indicator of osseous development in children.


Synonymsgrowing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny


Broader (hypernym)biological process, organic process


Narrower (hyponym)amelogenesis, angiogenesis, anthesis, apposition, auxesis, blossoming, caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, cohesion, cultivation, culture, cytogenesis, cytogeny, dentition, efflorescence, florescence, flowering, foliation, fructification, gametogenesis, germination, habit, inflorescence, infructescence, intussusception, juvenescence, kainogenesis, kenogenesis, leafing, life cycle, masculinisation, masculinization, morphogenesis, myelinisation, myelinization, neurogenesis, odontiasis, palingenesis, proliferation, psychogenesis, psychogenesis, psychomotor development, psychosexual development, recapitulation, rooting, sprouting, suppression, teething, teratogenesis, vegetation, virilisation, virilization


Part holonymgastrulation


Domain categorybiological science, biology


Domain category membersisometry


Antonymsnondevelopment

4. development (event) a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation


SamplesRecent developments in Iraq.
What a revolting development!.


Broader (hypernym)alteration, change, modification


Narrower (hyponym)complication, phenomenon, ramification, turn, turn of events, twist

5. development (act) the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful


SamplesThe development of Alaskan resources.
The exploitation of copper deposits.


Synonymsexploitation


Broader (hypernym)employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization


Narrower (hyponym)capitalisation, capitalization, commercialisation, commercialization, electrification, land development, overexploitation, overuse, overutilisation, overutilization, unitisation, unitization, water development, water program, water project

6. development (location) a district that has been developed to serve some purpose


SamplesSuch land is practical for small park developments.


Broader (hypernym)district, dominion, territorial dominion, territory


Narrower (hyponym)housing development, housing estate

7. development (state) a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)


SamplesAfter 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.


Broader (hypernym)improvement, melioration


Narrower (hyponym)underdevelopment


Domain categorychess, chess game

8. development (process) processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible


SamplesThe development and printing of his pictures took only two hours.


Synonymsdeveloping


Broader (hypernym)processing


Narrower (hyponym)underdevelopment

9. development (communication) (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated


Broader (hypernym)section, subdivision


Domain categorymusic









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