Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

development  - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun development pronunciation in British English /dɪˈveləpmənt/
Word Forms
Close
singulardevelopment
pluraldevelopments
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  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

    1. a.
      the growth of a child as time passes, as it changes and learns to do new things

      child development

  2. 3
    [countable] a new event that changes a situation

    Have there been any further developments in the case?

  3. 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

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog