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developmentnoun

uk   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 (THING THAT HAPPENS)

B2 [C] a recent event that is the latest in a series of related events: an important development in the fuel crisis Call me if there are any new developments.

development noun (START)

B1 [U] the process of developing something new: Mr Berkowitz is in charge of product development.

development noun (BUILDINGS)

[C] an area on which new buildings are built in order to make a profit: a housing development
developmental
adjective uk   /dɪˌvel.əpˈmen.təl/  us   /-t̬əl/
a developmental process/problem
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