Synonyms of development
1 growthDictionary • the development of the embryo
growth • the unchecked growth of the country's population
increase • a sharp increase in productivity
advance • They clocked up a worldwide sales advance of 27 per cent.
progress • The two sides made little progress towards agreement.
spread • The greatest hope for reform is the gradual spread of information.
expansion • the rapid expansion of private health insurance
extension • Russia is contemplating the extension of its territory.
evolution • a crucial period in the evolution of modern physics
advancement • He cared little for social advancement.
progression • Both drugs slow the progression of HIV.
enlargement • There is insufficient space for the enlargement of the buildings.
2 establishmentDictionary • the development of new and innovative services
establishment • discussions to explore the establishment of diplomatic relations
institution • the institution of the forty-hour week
invention • fifty years after the invention of the printing press
initiation • This was my initiation into the peace movement.
inauguration • the inauguration of monetary union
3 eventDictionary • There has been a significant development in the case.
event • in the wake of recent events in Europe
happening • plans to hire freelance reporters to cover the latest happenings
result • This is the result of eating too much fatty food.
incident • They have not based it on any incident from the past.
circumstance • I'm making inquiries about the circumstances of her murder.
improvement • The system we've just introduced has been a great improvement.
outcome • It's too early to predict the outcome of the race.
phenomenon • scientific explanations of this natural phenomenon
evolution • the evolution of plants and animals
occurrence • Traffic jams are now a daily occurrence.
upshot • So the upshot is we're going for lunch on Friday.
turn of events • He was hurt and confused by the turn of events.
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• They clocked up a worldwide sales advance of 27 per cent.
advancementAdvancement is progress in your job or in your social position.
• He cared little for social advancement.
circumstanceThe circumstances of an event are the way it happened or the causes of it.
• I'm making inquiries about the circumstances of her murder.
Thesaurus for development from the Collins English Thesaurus
the act or process of growing, progressing, or developing