de·​vel·​op·​er | \ di-ˈve-lə-pər How to pronounce developer (audio) , dē- \

Definition of developer

: one that develops: such as
a : a chemical used to develop exposed photographic materials
b : a person who develops real estate
c : a person or company that develops computer software

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Examples of developer in a Sentence

the developer of software that is used the world over
Recent Examples on the Web The acceleration precipitated a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the developer on December 15, 2020. Richard Lehmann, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Three small hotels owned by the same developer, Pawel Plata of Bayshore Hotel LLC, now occupy the block on the southeast corner of Bayshore Drive and North Birch Road next to the W Hotel. Susannah Bryan,, 5 Oct. 2021 The game was built by one anonymous developer, and partially based on a spatial map of the inside and outside of the ancient school for magic and surrounding environs. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Financial risks also appeared moderate, despite concerns that a potential default by China's biggest real estate developer might spill into world markets, the economists said. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 22 Sep. 2021 Individual investors protested outside Evergrande’s headquarters Monday as some wealth management products backed by the developer failed to pay out on time. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2021 Rothenberg has been trying to find funding to remove and store the work but has been unable in the tight timeline allotted by the developer. Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 It was purchased in 2018 by real estate developer and restaurateur Bobby George and his father, Tony George. Steven Litt, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 Once completed, the development could be worth between $8 million and $10 million, according to the documentation provided to the city by the developer. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of developer

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of developer was in 1796

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“Developer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of developer

: a person or company that builds and sells houses or other buildings on a piece of land
: a person or company that creates computer software
: a chemical that is used to develop photographs

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