development - definition and synonyms


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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

    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