Meaning of DEVELOPMENT in English

de ‧ vel ‧ op ‧ ment S1 W1 /dɪˈveləpmənt/ BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ developer , ↑ development , ↑ redevelopment ; verb : ↑ develop , ↑ redevelop ; adjective : ↑ developed ≠ ↑ undeveloped , ↑ developing ]

1 . GROWTH [uncountable] the process of gradually becoming bigger, better, stronger, or more advanced:

child development

development of

a course on the development of Greek thought

professional/personal development

opportunities for professional development

2 . ECONOMIC ACTIVITY [uncountable] the process of increasing business, trade, and industrial activity

economic/industrial/business etc development

economic development in Russia

3 . EVENT [countable] a new event or piece of news that changes a situation:

recent political developments in the former Soviet Union

We will keep you informed of developments.

4 . NEW PLAN/PRODUCT [uncountable] the process of working on a new product, plan, idea etc to make it successful:

The funds will be used for marketing and product development.

under/in development

Spielberg has several interesting projects under development.

5 . IMPROVEMENT [countable] a change that makes a product, plan, idea etc better:

There have been significant computer developments during the last decade.

6 . BUILDING PROCESS [uncountable] the process of planning and building new houses, streets etc on land

for development

The land was sold for development.

7 . HOUSES/OFFICES ETC [countable] a group of new buildings that have all been planned and built together on the same piece of land:

a new housing development

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ adjectives

▪ economic/industrial/business etc development

The US has been keen to encourage economic development in Egypt.

▪ regional development (=development of particular regions of a country or area)

a programme of regional development in Eastern Europe

▪ sustainable development (=that is able to continue without damaging the environment)

The government is committed to sustainable development and the protection of the environment.

▪ overseas development (=in other countries, especially poor ones)

The Overseas Development Minister announced a £7,000,000 emergency aid programme for Somalia.

■ verbs

▪ support/assist development ( also further/facilitate development formal )

We need to facilitate development and economic activity that provides jobs.

■ development + NOUN

▪ a development programme/plan/project

the United Nations Development Programme

▪ a development agency (=organization that aims to help development in poor areas)

international development agencies

▪ development work (=the work of helping development in poor areas)

Further funds are required to allow the development work to continue.

▪ development aid (=money given to help development in poor areas)

Education made up 22.5 percent of development aid last year.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.