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

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Garcia said he's committed to hearing everyone out — even developers and attorneys. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Why is 'outsider' Carlos Garcia taking money from Phoenix developers?," 11 June 2019 In the years before 2016, nearly all of Mark Zuckerberg’s public references to Facebook as a platform were technical, about connecting with developers. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The ‘Platform’ Excuse Is Dying," 11 June 2019 But there were also a lot of software developers and other tech workers at Theranos, and its headquarters was after all in Silicon Valley. Liz Webber, Quartz at Work, "How the former employees of Theranos explain themselves on LinkedIn," 10 June 2019 The Swiss investor with Polish roots arrived in Prague in the early 1990s and became one of the top property developers in the Czech capital, then full of promise and excitement. The Economist, "Disgruntled investors are losing patience with central Europe," 8 June 2019 The businessman and attorney did not attend Alabama, but his parents did, and the business school bears the name of Hugh Culverhouse Sr., a wealthy tax lawyer, developer and philanthropist in his own right who owned the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Blake Paterson,, "University of Alabama gives back $26M gift after donor called for boycott over state's abortion ban," 7 June 2019 Beginning Saturday, the property, once the site of Alma College, and more recently a battleground between developers and environmentalists, will take on a new chapter, as Silicon Valley’s newest public park. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, "New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose," 7 June 2019 Without completely effacing the natural beauty, developers and tourists remade the Dells as a waterpark and amusement playground. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "See the photographs that put the Dells on the map at an exclusive exhibit at West Bend's Museum of Wisconsin Art," 4 June 2019 And too many companies misusing their most important resource, with too many developers tied up in projects designed to prop up legacy systems and bad software, at a cost of $300 billion a year — $85 billion just dealing with bad code. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: The truth about Les Moonves; inside Elon Musk’s brain," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of developer

1796, in the meaning defined above

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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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