Meaning of “development” in the English Dictionary

"development" in British English

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uk /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt/ us /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt/

development noun (GROWTH)

B1 [ U ] the process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced:

healthy growth and development
The documentary traced the development of popular music through the ages.
The region suffers from under-/over-development (= having too little/much industry).
a development project (= one to help improve industry) in Pakistan

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adjective uk /dɪˌvel.əpˈmen.təl/ us /dɪˌvel.əpˈmen.t̬əl/

a developmental process/problem

(Definition of “development” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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developmentnoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈvel·əp·mənt/

development noun [ C/U ] (GROWTH)

the process of growing or changing and becoming more advanced:

[ U ] A good diet and lots of exercise are essential for a child’s healthy growth and development.
[ U ] I took a history course that dealt with the development of popular culture.

literature In a literary work, development is the movement from one event to another or the changes in the charactersunderstanding.

A development is a recent important event that is the latest in a series of related events:

[ C ] There is a new development in the plans to reorganize the fire department.

Development is also the organized increase of a country’s industry and wealth.

development noun [ C/U ] (CREATION)

the process of coming into existence or of creating something new or more advanced:

[ U ] We were waiting for the development of new plans for the city’s convention center.
[ U ] I’m in charge of product development (= the creation and design of new products) for the company.
[ C ] Cotton fields were replaced by housing developments (= groups of similar houses built at the same time) as the city experienced rapid growth.

Development is also the building of houses, stores, or offices, esp. by a company to make a profit, on an area of land where there were none before.

(Definition of “development” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"development" in Business English

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uk /dɪˈveləpmənt/ us

[ U ] growth or changes that make something become more advanced:

The first year of the plan is primarily focused on organizational development.
He was recruited to oversee international business development.

[ U ] the process of creating something such as a new product or service:

software development
The next stage in the development of this product line is a retail version.

[ U ] the process of producing a plan, idea, etc.:

Motorola said it did not expect its policy, which has been in development since June, to affect its bottom line.

[ C ] a recent event which is the latest in a series of related events:

Keeping up with new developments on the web is not easy.
These beneficial economic developments have followed trade and investment liberalization.

[ U ] ECONOMICS the planned increase of a country’s industry and wealth:

The EU has exercised leadership and argued for policies that support the expansion of trade, growth, and development.
development projects

[ U ] HR improvement of a skill, ability, quality, etc.:

An industry convention is a terrific venue for business skills training and professional development.
They invested resources into employee training and development.
individual/career/staff development

[ C ] also UK housing development, also US real estate development PROPERTY a group of similar buildings built in an area by a particular developer:

They recently bought a house in one of the town's new developments.

[ U ] PROPERTY the building of houses, stores, offices, etc. usually by a company to make a profit, usually on an area of land where there were none before:

The land will be used for private development.
He began his career at Goldman Sachs and moved on to real-estate development in the New York City area.
commercial/industrial development

[ C or U ] NATURAL RESOURCES an area of land that is used for its natural resources, or the use of an area of land for its natural resources:

Oil producers have focused their efforts on optimizing production from existing fields and investing more aggressively in new developments.

(Definition of “development” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)