1756, "an unfolding;" see develop + -ment. Of property, with the sense "bringing out the latent possibilities," from 1885 (Pickering's glossary of Americanisms, 1816, has betterments "The improvements made on new lands, by cultivation, and the erection of buildings, &c."). Meaning "state of economic advancement" is from 1902. Meaning "advancement through progressive stages" is 1836.
1. They identified six plants as having potential for development into pharmaceutical drugs.
2. What are your plans for the development of your company?
3. The Commonwealth Development Corporation has agreed to reschedule Tanzania's debt.
4. Water shortages in the area will be the main constraint on development.
5. Most development has been concentrated in and around cities.