Definitions of development

  1. 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"
  2. 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"
  3. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; " recent developments in Iraq"; " what a revolting development!"
  4. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; " such land is practical for small park developments"
  5. 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"
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning.
  9. The equivalent expression into which another has been developed.
  10. The act of unfolding; growth; expansion.
  11. A gradual unfolding: a gradual growth.
  12. Gradual unfolding or growth; disclosure.
  13. 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.
  14. An unfolding; an unravelling; disclosure.
  15. The changes undergone by an organism on reaching maturity.