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  • (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
  • processing a photosensitive material in order to make an image visible
    • the development and printing of his pictures took only two hours
  • a state in which things are improving; the result of developing (as in the early part of a game of chess)
    • after he saw the latest development he changed his mind and became a supporter
    • in chess your should take care of your development before moving your queen
  • a district that has been developed to serve some purpose
    • such land is practical for small park developments
  • the act of making some area of land or water more profitable or productive or useful
    • the development of Alaskan resources
    • the exploitation of copper deposits
  • a recent event that has some relevance for the present situation
    • recent developments in Iraq
    • what a revolting development!
  • (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
    • he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children
  • a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage)
    • the development of his ideas took many years
    • the evolution of Greek civilization
    • the slow development of her skill as a writer
  • act of improving by expanding or enlarging or refining
    • he congratulated them on their development of a plan to meet the emergency
    • they funded research and development
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