Meaning of DEVELOPMENT in English

DEVELOPMENT

/ dɪˈveləpmənt; NAmE / noun

GROWTH

1.

[ U ] the gradual growth of sth so that it becomes more advanced, stronger, etc. :

a baby's development in the womb

the development of basic skills such as literacy and numeracy

career development

NEW PRODUCT

2.

[ U , C ] the process of producing or creating sth new or more advanced; a new or advanced product :

the development of vaccines against tropical diseases

developments in aviation technology

This piece of equipment is an exciting new development.

—see also research and development

NEW EVENT

3.

[ C ] a new event or stage that is likely to affect what happens in a continuing situation :

the latest developments in the war

Are there further developments in the investigation?

NEW BUILDINGS

4.

[ C ] a piece of land with new buildings on it :

a commercial / business / housing development

—see also ribbon development

5.

[ U ] the process of using an area of land, especially to make a profit by building on it, etc. :

He bought the land for development.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.