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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.


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


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.


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.


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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