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 for development
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Development \De*vel"op*ment\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]veloppement.]
     [Written also developement.]
     1. 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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              A new development of imagination, taste, and poetry.
                                                    --Channing.
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     2. (Biol.) 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.
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     3. (Math.)
        (a) The act or process of changing or expanding an
            expression into another of equivalent value or
            meaning.
        (b) The equivalent expression into which another has been
            developed.
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     4. (Mus.) 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.
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     5. 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.
        [PJC]
  
     Development theory (Biol.), the doctrine that animals and
        plants possess the power of passing by slow and successive
        stages from a lower to a higher state of organization, and
        that all the higher forms of life now in existence were
        thus developed by uniform laws from lower forms, and are
        not the result of special creative acts. See the Note
        under Darwinian.
  
     Syn: Unfolding; disclosure; unraveling; evolution;
          elaboration; growth.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  development
      n 1: 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"
      2: 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" [syn: development, evolution] [ant:
         degeneration, devolution]
      3: (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" [syn: growth, growing,
         maturation, development, ontogeny, ontogenesis] [ant:
         nondevelopment]
      4: a recent event that has some relevance for the present
         situation; "recent developments in Iraq"; "what a revolting
         development!"
      5: 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" [syn:
         exploitation, development]
      6: a district that has been developed to serve some purpose;
         "such land is practical for small park developments"
      7: 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"
      8: processing a photosensitive material in order to make an
         image visible; "the development and printing of his pictures
         took only two hours" [syn: development, developing]
      9: (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially
         in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed
         and elaborated

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  275 Moby Thesaurus words for "development":
     abiogenesis, access, accession, accomplishment, accretion, accrual,
     accruement, accumulation, action, addition, advance, advancement,
     aggrandizement, aging, amplification, anacrusis, anagnorisis,
     angle, appreciation, apprenticeship, archigenesis, architectonics,
     architecture, argument, ascent, atmosphere, augmentation,
     background, ballooning, basic training, bass passage,
     beautification, biogenesis, birth, blastogenesis, bloating,
     blossoming, boom, boost, bourdon, breaking, breeding, bridge,
     broadening, budding, buildup, burden, burgeoning, by-product,
     cadence, catastrophe, characterization, chorus, circumstance, coda,
     color, complication, condition, conditioning, consequence,
     consequent, continuity, contrivance, corollary, crescendo,
     cultivation, denouement, derivation, derivative, design,
     developmental change, device, digenesis, dilation, discipline,
     distillate, division, drill, drilling, edema, effect, elaboration,
     elevation, embellishment, enlargement, epigenesis, episode,
     eumerogenesis, event, eventuality, eventuation, evolution,
     evolutionary change, evolvement, evolving, excrescence, exercise,
     expansion, expatiation, explication, exposition, extension, fable,
     falling action, fetching-up, figure, flood, flowering, folderol,
     fostering, fruit, furtherance, gain, gemmation, generation,
     genesis, germination, gimmick, gradual change, greatening,
     grooming, growth, gush, happening, harmonic close, harvest,
     heterogenesis, hike, histogenesis, homogenesis, housebreaking,
     improvement, in-service training, incident, increase, increment,
     inflation, interlude, intermezzo, introductory phrase, isogenesis,
     issue, jump, leap, legacy, line, local color, logical outcome,
     manual training, maturation, maturescence, maturing, maturity,
     measure, mellowing, merogenesis, metagenesis, military training,
     monogenesis, mood, motif, mounting, movement, multiplication,
     musical phrase, musical sentence, mythos, natural development,
     natural growth, nonviolent change, nurture, nurturing, occurrence,
     offshoot, offspring, on-the-job training, ongoing, ornament,
     orthogenesis, outcome, outgrowth, overgrowth, pangenesis, part,
     parthenogenesis, passage, perfection, period, peripeteia,
     phenomenon, phrase, plan, plot, practice, precipitate, preparation,
     procreation, product, productiveness, progress, progression,
     proliferation, pullulation, raise, raising, readying, rearing,
     recognition, refinement, refrain, rehearsal, reproduction,
     resolution, response, result, resultant, ripening, rise,
     rising action, ritornello, scheme, seasoning, secondary plot,
     section, senescence, sequel, sequela, sequence, sequent, situation,
     slant, sloyd, snowballing, spontaneous generation, spread,
     sprouting, stanza, statement, story, strain, structure, subject,
     subplot, surge, swelling, switch, tailpiece, tempering,
     thematic development, theme, tone, topic, training, tumescence,
     tutti, tutti passage, twist, unfolding, up, upbringing, upgrowth,
     upping, upshot, upsurge, upswing, uptrend, upturn, variation,
     vegetation, verse, vocational education, vocational training,
     waxing, widening, working-out
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  development
  
     The process of analysis, design, coding and testing software.
  

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