Dictionary definition for: Development
2. (n) 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"
6. (n) 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
7. (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; "he proposed an indicator of osseous development in children"
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