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"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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  • development noun (BUILDINGS)

[C] an area on which new buildings are built in order to make a profit: a housing development
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)

"development" in American English

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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)
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