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"Desarrollo" is a noun which is often translated as "development", and "crecimiento" is a noun which is often translated as "growth". Learn more about the difference between "desarrollo" and "crecimiento" below.
desarrollo(
deh
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sah
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rroh
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yoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (evolution, betterment)
a. development
El desarrollo industrial es vital para la economía de un país.Industrial development is vital for the economy of a country.
2. (progress)
a. development
La buena nutrición es clave para el desarrollo de un niño.Good nutrition is key for a child's development.
b. growth
Para fomentar el desarrollo de una planta se necesitan luz y agua.To encourage the growth of a plant, you need light and water.
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crecimiento(
kreh
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see
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myehn
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toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (expansion)
a. growth
El crecimiento del tercer trimestre ha superado las expectativas.Third-quarter growth has exceeded expectations.
b. increase
Hemos visto un crecimiento en el número de detenciones en esta ciudad.We've seen an increase in the number of arrests in this city.
c. rise
Hubo un crecimiento en el nivel de agua del río debido a las fuertes lluvias.There was a rise in the river's water level due to heavy rains.
2. (physical development)
a. growth
Una planta necesita tierra, agua y luz para el crecimiento.A plant needs soil, water, and light for growth.
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