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development noun
1. (improvement) act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
  • "he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency"
  • "they funded research and development"
2. (process) a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
Related: evolution
Antonyms: degeneration
  • "the development of his ideas took many years"
  • "the evolution of Greek civilization"
  • "the slow development of her skill as a writer"
3. (change) a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
  • "recent developments in Iraq"
  • "what a revolting development!"
4. (district) a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
  • "such land is practical for small park developments"
5. (improvement) a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
  • "after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter"
  • "in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen"
6. (processing) processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
Related: developing
  • "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"
7. (section) (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
growth noun
1. (organic_process) (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level
Related: growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis
Antonyms: nondevelopment
  • "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
exploitation noun
1. (use) the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
Related: development
  • "the development of Alaskan resources"
  • "the exploitation of copper deposits"
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