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Definitions of development

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; " recent developments in Iraq"; " what a revolting development!"
  5. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; " such land is practical for small park developments"
  6. 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"
  7. 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"
  8. The act of developing or disclosing that which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed state.
  9. The series of changes which animal and vegetable organisms undergo in their passage from the embryonic state to maturity, from a lower to a higher state of organization.
  10. The act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning.
  11. The equivalent expression into which another has been developed.
  12. The act of unfolding; growth; expansion.
  13. A gradual unfolding: a gradual growth.
  14. Gradual unfolding or growth; disclosure.
  15. A gradual unfolding and exhibition of something previously hidden or involved; gradual growth; the series of changes in the growth from first to last of an organized being; the process of bringing the features of a picture into distinction. Development of doctrine, the expansion of Christian truth which has developed side by side and in connection with the development of thought and life in church and world. Development theory, the theory which ascribes an innate expansive power to the organized universe, and traces the most complex forms by intermediate links from the simplest, without the intervention of special acts of creation.
  16. An unfolding; an unravelling; disclosure.
  17. The changes undergone by an organism on reaching maturity.
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Usage examples for development

  1. For this reason, and because of the fundamental principles which have controlled the development of the text, it is believed that the book may perform a distinct service even in city schools. – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn
  2. In watching the development of the child's soul one has to be much more cautious than in attending to his body. – Fables for Children, Stories for Children, Natural Science Stories, Popular Education, Decembrists, Moral Tales by Leo Tolstoy
  3. But on this winter night, as she sat motionless by the fire, she became conscious of a sudden detachment from her most recent self and life- a sudden violent turning against both- which naturally threw her back on the past, on some reflection upon what she had made of herself, by way of guide to what she might still make of herself, if she struck boldly, now, while there was yet time, for her own freedom and development. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. The development of empire is of necessity a slow process. – The American Empire by Scott Nearing
  5. At Haarlem you may follow his development; his first big picture painted in 1616; his last in 1664. He died at eighty- four. – Promenades of an Impressionist by James Huneker
  6. " Go as far as you like," repeated Warrington, now thoroughly aroused by the latest development of the case. – Guy Garrick by Arthur B. Reeve
  7. And do we have to have an advance guard of strangers to bring about 'industrial development? – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  8. They provide him with the finest implements, each one of which has been the subject of special study and development, and then insist upon his using each of these implements in the very best way. – The Principles of Scientific Management by Frederick Winslow Taylor
  9. Everything I see in this country belongs to a state of arrested development, and it has been arrested at a most interesting point. – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  10. " Here's an unexpected development," he remarked passing the letter to Olivia, " Lo- Keong is in England." – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  11. I knew then that I had no business there without 'full protection'; for I was practically certain that this was no mere Aeiirii development; but one of the worst forms, as the Saiitii; like that 'Grunting Man' case- you know. – Carnacki, The Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson
  12. My first duty is to myself- to my own development. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  13. " There has, within the last half hour, been a most important development. – Murder in the Gunroom by Henry Beam Piper
  14. While these serve a necessary part in the development of the subject, it is not essential that all of the experiments and observations be made, the intention being to provide for some choice on the part of the teacher. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
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