Synonyms of development


1. development, improvement

usage: 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. development, evolution, process, physical process

usage: 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"

3. growth, growing, maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis, organic process, biological process

usage: (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"

4. development, change, alteration, modification

usage: a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting development!"

5. exploitation, development, use, usage, utilization, utilisation, employment, exercise

usage: 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"

6. development, district, territory, territorial dominion, dominion

usage: a district that has been developed to serve some purpose; "such land is practical for small park developments"

7. development, improvement, melioration

usage: 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"

8. development, developing, processing

usage: processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible; "the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours"

9. development, section, subdivision

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

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Definition and meaning of development (Dictionary)