development · noun /dɪˈvel.əp.mənt/Full view
Nouns: developer, development, redevelopment
Adjectives: developed, developing, developmental, undeveloped
Verbs: develop
development (CHANGE)
B1 U when someone or something grows or changes and becomes more advanced
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healthy growth and development

The program traced the development of popular music through the ages.

a development project in Pakistan

Learner example:

There are some machines which have helped in my development, and others which help to make my life easier. (First Certificate in English; B2; Spanish)

development (PROCESS)
B1 U the process of developing something new
Dictionary examples:

the development of new drugs

Mr. Berkowitz is in charge of product development.

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Owing to the great speed of technological development, people need to lead a faster life. (First Certificate in English; B2; Turkish)

development (EVENT)
B2 C something new that happens and changes a situation
Dictionary examples:

an important development in the fuel crisis

Phone me if there are any new developments.

Learner example:

There have been impressive developments in technology lately. (First Certificate in English; B2; Spanish)

development (START)
C2 U when something starts to happen or exist
Dictionary example:

New vacccines may prevent the development of some cancers.

Learner example:

The aims taken into account [i]n the establishment of the "Health fund" are varied and cover different areas such as the education of the general public on the issues of health itself, [and] the threat posed by the development of cancer and Aids, etc. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Portuguese)

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