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de·vel·op·ment

development

 
 
pronunciation:
dih ve lp mnt
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of developing or bringing to a completed state.
The development of the new shopping mall took several years.
 
synonyms:
advancement, enlargement, evolution, expansion, generation, growth
antonyms:
decline
similar words:
formation, improvement, promotion
definition 2: an important event or happening.
The president spoke of the latest development in the war.
similar words:
happening, occurrence
definition 3: a group of houses or other buildings built by the same person or company.
All of the houses in the development looked very much alike.
similar words:
suburb
derivations: developmental (adj.), developmentally (adv.)
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