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noun development pronunciation in British English /dɪˈveləpmənt/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] change, growth, or improvement over a period of time
    development of: We encourage our staff in their development of new skills.
    development of something into something: the gradual development of her ideas into an advanced theory
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the process of creating a new product or method
    His work is mainly in software development.
    1. a.
      [countable] a new product or method
      developments in medical science
  3. 3
    [countable] a new event that changes a situation
    Have there been any further developments in the case?
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the process of putting new buildings on land
    The land was sold for development.
    1. a.
      [countable] a group of buildings that have been built together on a piece of land
      a new development on the edge of town


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