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development

noun uk   /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt/ us  

development noun (GROWTH)

B1 [U] the process in which someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced: healthy growth and development The programme 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 PakistanMaking progress and advancingBecoming better

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 Phone me if there are any new developments.Events and occurrencesAccidents and disasters

development noun (START)

B1 [U] the process of developing something new: Mr Berkowitz is in charge of product development.Inventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing

development noun (BUILDINGS)

[C] an area on which new buildings are built in order to make a profit: a housing developmentAreas in towns and cities
developmental
adjective uk   /dɪˌvel.əpˈmen.təl/ us    /-t̬əl/
a developmental process/problemMaking progress and advancingBecoming better
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