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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of developing.
  • n. The state of being developed.
  • n. A significant event, occurrence, or change.
  • n. A group of dwellings built by the same contractor.
  • n. Determination of the best techniques for applying a new device or process to production of goods or services.
  • n. The organized activity of soliciting donations or grants; fundraising.
  • n. Music Elaboration of a theme with rhythmic and harmonic variations.
  • n. Music The central section of a movement in sonata form, in which the theme is elaborated and explored.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of developing; growth, directed change
  • n. The process by which a mature multicellular organism or part of an organism is produced by the addition of new cells.
  • n. Something which has developed
  • n. A project consisting of one or more commercial or residential buildings, real estate development
  • n. The building of a real estate development
  • n. The application of new ideas to practical problems (cf. research)
  • n. The active placement of the pieces, or the process of achieving it
  • n. The second section of a piece of music in sonata form.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of developing or disclosing that which is unknown; a gradual unfolding process by which anything is developed, as a plan or method, or an image upon a photographic plate; gradual advancement or growth through a series of progressive changes; also, the result of developing, or a developed state.
  • n. The series of changes which animal and vegetable organisms undergo in their passage from the embryonic state to maturity, from a lower to a higher state of organization.
  • n.
  • n. The act or process of changing or expanding an expression into another of equivalent value or meaning.
  • n. The equivalent expression into which another has been developed.
  • n. The elaboration of a theme or subject; the unfolding of a musical idea; the evolution of a whole piece or movement from a leading theme or motive.
  • n. A tract of land on which a number of buildings have been constructed; -- especially used for tract on which from two to hundreds of houses have been constructed by a commercial developer{4} for sale to individuals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gradual unfolding; a full disclosure or working out of the details of something, as the plot of a novel or a drama, an architectural or a military plan, a financial scheme, etc.; the act of evolving or unraveling.
  • n. The internal or subjective process of unfolding or expanding; the coming forth or into existence of additional elements, principles, or substances; gradual advancement through progressive changes; a growing out or up; growth in general: as, the development of the mind or body, or of a form of government; the development of the principles of art or of civilization.
  • n. Specifically
  • n. In biology, the same as evolution: applied alike to an evolutionary process and its result.
  • n. In math.: The expression of any function in the form of a series; also, the process by which any mathematical expression is changed into another of equivalent value or meaning and of more expanded form; also, the series resulting from such a process.
  • n. The bending of a surface into a plane, or of all its infinitesimal parts into parts of a plane.
  • n. The bending of a non-plane curve into a plane curve.
  • n. In photography, the process by which the latent image in a photographically exposed sensitive film is rendered visible through a chemical precipitation on that portion of the sensitized surface which has been acted on by light.
  • n. In music: The systematic unfolding, by a varied rhythmic, melodic, or harmonic treatment, of the qualities of a theme, especially in a formal composition like a sonata.
  • n. That part of a movement in which such an unfolding of a theme takes place.
  • n. In biology, the theory of evolution (which see, under evolution).
  • n. Synonyms Unraveling, disentanglement.
  • n. Growth, evolution, progress, ripening.
  • n. The generation of a new living being considered inductively as a fact, without reference to the question whether it is to be regarded as evolution or unfolding, or as epigenesis or new formation; the subject-matter of the science of descriptive embryology or embryogeny.
  • n. Specifically, in music, the second section of a movement in sonata form or the central portion of a fugue, in which the thematic material in the subject or subjects is unfolded and variously treated. Also called the working-out or the development section.
  • n. In chess, the movements by which a player in the early part of the game places his pieces in position for future action.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
  • n. a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
  • n. a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
  • n. a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
  • n. the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
  • n. processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
  • n. (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
  • n. act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
  • n. (biology) the process of an individual organism growing organically; a purely biological unfolding of events involved in an organism changing gradually from a simple to a more complex level

Etymologies

develop +‎ -ment (Wiktionary)

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