de·​vel·​op·​er | \ di-ˈve-lə-pər, 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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To uncover the secrets of selling a luxury home in a softening market—and find out which amenities are attracting buyers—Mansion reached out to brokers, real-estate analysts, developers and designers. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Top 10 Upgrades to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar," 3 Jan. 2019 Instead, the project dragged on for four years amid technical snafus and a dispute between the developer, Forest City Ratner, and its partner, Skanska, which ran the modular operation. Stefanos Chen, The Seattle Times, "Real estate technology that could have a lasting effect on housing," 20 Nov. 2018 In Christmas at Holly Lodge, a property owner must save her land from aggressive real-estate developers. Lourdes Avila Uribe, Glamour, "What You Can Expect to See in Every Single Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie," 24 Dec. 2018 The same month, the Guardian mentioned a lawsuit brought against Facebook in the US by an app developer named Six4Three that alleged its data policies favored some companies over others. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 At Miami’s Billionaire Bunker, Another Wealthy Buyer Heads for the Exit Real-estate developer Edward J. Minskoff is asking $16.5 million for his apartment at Faena House, a condominium tower that drew diplomats, billionaires and financiers. 2. Katerina Ang, WSJ, "Mansion’s 10 Best-Read Stories of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Mandatory and voluntary payments by real-estate developers also are used. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle will spend $75M on affordable housing over the next year," 18 Dec. 2018 Since the majority of these homes were built in California (famed developer Joseph Eichler built more than 11,000 Mid-Century Modern homes in the state alone), encouraging indoor-outdoor living made sense. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is Why Millennials Love Mid-Century Modern Homes So Much," 7 Dec. 2018 This past summer, the iconic Hotel Jerome in Aspen unveiled a conversion of the 140-year-old Aspen Times building into an events space with a sultry new underground bar, Bad Harriet, named for the hotel’s original developer. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 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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to gather or build up little by little

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