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development

[ dih-vel-uhp-muhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF development
  • noungrowth
  • nounhappening, incident

Synonyms for development

  • advancement
  • evolution
  • expansion
  • improvement
  • increase
  • progress
  • addition
  • adulthood
  • advance
  • augmentation
  • boost
  • buildup
  • chrysalis
  • developing
  • enlargement
  • flowering
  • hike
  • maturation
  • maturity
  • ontogenesis
  • ontogeny
  • progression
  • reinforcement
  • ripening
  • spread
  • spreading
  • unfolding
  • adding to
  • advancing
  • augmenting
  • elaborating
  • evolvement
  • evolving
  • increasing
  • making progress
  • maturing
  • ongoing
  • perfecting
  • reinforcing
  • unraveling
  • upgrowth
  • upping
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Antonyms for development

  • decline
  • decrease
  • halt
  • retreat
  • retrogression
  • stoppage
  • lessening
  • reduction
  • shrinkage
  • stagnation
  • withdrawal
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEVELOPMENT

While he was adjusting this development, another knock came on his door.

For him these years were a period of mental growth, of transition, of development.

In our present stage of development we could hardly do without them.

The development of living ideals is not in an atmosphere of cynicism.

Travel and new experiences were necessary to the development of his mind.

Yet not so much a slave to it, she distinguished, as to Martin's absorption in its development.

If the singer isn't celebrated, just say that she shows promise of development!

In every development this writer shows that a special stamp may be found.

He has been pre-eminent in the establishment and development of institutions.

They were early actors in the settlement and development of Ohio.

WORD ORIGIN

1756, "an unfolding;" see develop + -ment. Of property, with the sense "bringing out the latent possibilities," from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902. Meaning "advancement through progressive stages" is 1836.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DEVELOPMENT

advance

nounimprovement, progress in development

amplification

nounincrease in size or effect
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