• IPA: /dɪˈvɛləpmənt/


  1. (uncountable) The process of developing; growth, directed change.
    The development of this story has been slow.
  2. (uncountable, biology) The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page 5:
      Of more significance in the nature of branch development; in the Jubulaceae, as in the Porellaceae, branches are acroscopic and normally replace a ventral leaf lobe.
    The organism has reached a crucial stage in its development.
  3. (countable) Something which has developed.
    Our news team brings you the latest developments.
  4. (real estate, countable) A project consisting of one or more commercial or residential buildings.
  5. (real estate, uncountable) The building of such a project.
  6. (uncountable) The application of new ideas to practical problems (cf. research).
    Our development department has produced three new adhesives this year.
  7. (chess, uncountable) The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it.
    White's development is good, but black's has been hampered by the pawn on e5.
  8. (music) The process by in which previous material is transformed and restated.
  9. (music) The second section of a piece of music in sonata form, in which the original theme is revisited in altered and varying form.
  10. (math) The expression of a function in the form of a series.
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