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“development area” in British English

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development areanoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt ˌeə.ri.ə/ us /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt ˌer.i.ə/ UK

an area with many unemployed people where the government encourages new industries to start so that more jobs will be created

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

“development area” in Business English

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development areanoun [ C ]

uk us ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT, PROPERTY

an area of a country, especially a poor area with a lot of unemployed people, where the government tries to encourage economic development by offering financial advantages to people who start companies, factories, etc. there:

an area that a local government decides will be used for new businesses, industry, housing, etc.:

Within the development area itself, smaller 'artisan' units will cater for more specialist professional companies, such as lawyers and architects.

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