Dictionary Results for development


1. development - noun

· act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining; "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"; "they funded research and development"

Hypernym(s): improvement




2. development - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): evolution

Hypernym(s): process, physical_process




3. development - noun

· (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"

Synonym(s): growth, growing, maturation, ontogeny, ontogenesis

Hypernym(s): organic_process, biological_process

Antonym(s): nondevelopment




4. development - noun

· a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"

Hypernym(s): change, alteration, modification




5. development - noun

· 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"

Synonym(s): exploitation

Hypernym(s): use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise




6. development - noun

· a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; "such land is practical for small park developments"

Hypernym(s): district, territory, territorial_dominion, dominion




7. development - noun

· 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"

Hypernym(s): improvement, melioration




8. development - noun

· processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"

Synonym(s): developing

Hypernym(s): processing




9. development - noun

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

Hypernym(s): section, subdivision





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