Development Definition

Define what is Development?

1. development (noun)

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.

improvement noun
the act of improving something.


progress, advancement noun
gradual improvement or growth or development.

broadening noun
the action of making broader.

working out, elaboration noun
developing in intricate and painstaking detail.

product development noun
improving an existing product or developing new kinds of products.

2. evolution, development (noun)

a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage).

  • the development of his ideas took many years.
  • the evolution of Greek civilization.
  • the slow development of her skill as a writer.
Synonyms: evolution
Antonyms: degeneration, devolution (noun)

the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality.


physical process, process noun
a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states.


assibilation noun
the development of a consonant phoneme into a sibilant.

deepening noun
a process of becoming deeper and more profound.

growth noun
a progression from simpler to more complex forms.

unfolding, flowering noun
a developmental process.

3. growing, growth, ontogenesis, ontogeny, maturation, development (noun)

(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.

  • he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children.
Antonyms: nondevelopment (noun)

failure of normal development to occur.


biological process, organic process noun
a process occurring in living organisms.


culture noun
(biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar).

amelogenesis noun
the developmental process of forming tooth enamel.

angiogenesis noun
the formation of new blood vessels.

apposition noun
(biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material.

auxesis noun
growth from increase in cell size without cell division.

anthesis, blossoming, florescence, flowering, inflorescence, efflorescence noun
the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms.

caenogenesis, cainogenesis, cenogenesis, kainogenesis, kenogenesis noun
introduction during embryonic development of characters or structure not present in the earlier evolutionary history of the strain or species (such as the addition of the placenta in mammalian evolution).

cohesion noun
(botany) the process in some plants of parts growing together that are usually separate (such as petals).

cultivation noun
the process of fostering the growth of something.

cytogenesis, cytogeny noun
the origin and development and variation of cells.

foliation, leafing noun
(botany) the process of forming leaves.

fructification noun
the bearing of fruit.

gametogenesis noun
the development and maturation of sex cells through meiosis.

germination, sprouting noun
the process whereby seeds or spores sprout and begin to grow.

habit noun
the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal).

infructescence noun
the fruiting stage of the inflorescence.

intussusception noun
(biology) growth in the surface area of a cell by the deposit of new particles between existing particles in the cell wall.

juvenescence noun
the process of growing into a youth.

life cycle noun
the course of developmental changes in an organism from fertilized zygote to maturity when another zygote can be produced.

masculinisation, masculinization, virilisation, virilization noun
the abnormal development of male sexual characteristics in a female (usually as the result of hormone therapies or adrenal malfunction).

morphogenesis noun
differentiation and growth of the structure of an organism (or a part of an organism).

myelinisation, myelinization noun
the development of a myelin sheath around a nerve fiber.

neurogenesis noun
the development of nerve tissues.

palingenesis, recapitulation noun
emergence during embryonic development of various characters or structures that appeared during the evolutionary history of the strain or species.

proliferation noun
growth by the rapid multiplication of parts.

psychogenesis noun
a general term for the origin and development of almost any aspect of the mind.

psychogenesis noun
the development in the life of an individual of some disorder that is caused by psychological rather than physiological factors.

psychomotor development noun
progressive acquisition of skills involving both mental and motor activities.

psychosexual development noun
(psychoanalysis) the process during which personality and sexual behavior mature through a series of stages: first oral stage and then anal stage and then phallic stage and then latency stage and finally genital stage.

rooting noun
the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow.

suppression noun
the failure to develop some part or organ.

dentition, odontiasis, teething noun
the eruption through the gums of baby teeth.

teratogenesis noun
the development of defects in an embryo.

vegetation noun
the process of growth in plants.

4. development (noun)

a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation.

  • recent developments in Iraq.
  • what a revolting development!.

alteration, change, modification noun
an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another.


turn of events, twist, turn noun
an unforeseen development.

phenomenon noun
a remarkable development.

ramification, complication noun
a development that complicates a situation.

5. exploitation, development (noun)

the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful.

  • the development of Alaskan resources.
  • the exploitation of copper deposits.
Synonyms: exploitation

usage, use, utilisation, utilization, exercise, employment noun
the act of using.


land development noun
making an area of land more useful.

water development, water program, water project noun
making an area of water more useful.

overexploitation, overuse, overutilisation, overutilization noun
exploitation to the point of diminishing returns.

capitalisation, capitalization noun
the act of capitalizing on an opportunity.

commercialisation, commercialization noun
the act of commercializing something; involving something in commerce.

electrification noun
the act of providing electricity.

unitisation, unitization noun
the joint development of a petroleum resource that straddles territory controlled by different companies.

6. development (noun)

a district that has been developed to serve some purpose.

  • such land is practical for small park developments.

district, territorial dominion, territory, Dominion noun
a region marked off for administrative or other purposes.


housing development noun
a residential area of similar dwellings built by property developers and usually under a single management.

housing estate noun
a residential area where the houses were all planned and built at the same time.

7. development (noun)

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.

melioration, improvement noun
a condition superior to an earlier condition.


underdevelopment noun
state of inadequate development.

8. developing, development (noun)

processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible.

  • the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours.
Synonyms: developing

processing noun
preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure.


underdevelopment noun
(photography) inadequate processing of film resulting in inadequate contrast.

9. development (noun)

(music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated.


    section, subdivision noun
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical).

    Nearby Terms

    developmental (adjective)
    of or relating to or constituting development

    developmental age (noun)
    a measure of a child's development (in body size or motor skill or psychological function) expressed in terms of age norms

    developmental anatomy (noun)
    the branch of anatomy that studies structural changes of an individual from fertilization to maturity

    developmental learning (noun)
    learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development

    developmental psychology (noun)
    the branch of psychology that studies the social and mental development of children

    developmentally (adverb)
    with respect to development

    developmentally challenged (noun)
    people collectively who are mentally retarded

    deverbal noun (noun)
    a noun that is derived from a verb

    Devi (noun)
    Hindu mother goddess; supreme power in the universe; wife or embodiment of the female energy of Siva having both beneficent and malevolent forms or aspects

    deviance (noun)
    a state or condition markedly different from the norm

    deviant (noun)
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

    deviate (noun)
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior

    deviated nasal septum (noun)
    abnormal shift in location of the nasal septum; a common condition causing obstruction of the nasal passages and difficulty in breathing and recurrent nosebleeds

    deviated septum (noun)
    abnormal displacement of any wall that separates two chambers (usually in the nasal cavity)

    deviation (noun)
    a variation that deviates from the standard or norm