According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word development came into the English language with the meaning “a gradual unfolding, a full working out or disclosure of the details of something,” in 1756. Forty years later, the word took on another meaning: “the internal process of expanding and growing.” In 1836, the meaning expanded to describe advancement through a series of stages.
The word’s association with property began in 1902, when people started using it in reference to “a bringing out of the latent possibilities” of a land parcel. The word began appearing in the context of general economic development around 1902.
When to Use the Abbreviation
The abbreviation finds use in major industries, including information technology, the government, and economic sectors.
You can find it on business cards or nameplates, as part of a person’s title. One might even find it in classifieds or job boards. As with any abbreviation, it may be used in headlines or shorthand notes, whenever the author needs to conserve space.
Outside of the business and real estate context, these common abbreviations of development don’t typically find usage elsewhere.
Examples of the Word and Abbreviations in Context
“They found that glyphosate was ‘a stressor that affects larval development,’ ‘larval survival rate,’ and ‘gut microbiome.” —Greenfield Reporter
“Voters could get say on Butte economic development levy | After years without a direct say, voters in Butte-Silver Bow will likely decide in June whether they’re still OK with paying about $65,000 in annual property taxes specifically for economic development.” —Montana Standard
“The development of PubMed search strategies for patient preferences for treatment outcomes | The importance of respecting patients’ preferences when making treatment decisions is increasingly recognized.” —National Center for Biotechnology Information
“Merck Invests €250M in Biotech Devt. Facility | Merck has unveiled plans to invest €250 million in a new facility in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland.” —Contract Pharma Magazine
“SME sector to ensure rapid economic dev | Islamabad – President Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Thursday said that the government should promote Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) sector to ensure rapid economic development.” —Pakistan Observer
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