de·​vel·​op·​er di-ˈve-lə-pər How to pronounce developer (audio)
: one that develops: such as
: a chemical used to develop exposed photographic materials
: a person who develops real estate
: a person or company that develops computer software

Example Sentences

the developer of software that is used the world over
Recent Examples on the Web Bollinger and Randi Lee Harper, a software developer in the Seattle area, each reported losing more than 50 pounds. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 29 Jan. 2023 The average software developer’s salary in the U.S. is around $120,000, as of this writing. Dmitry Dolgorukov, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 According to this year’s U.S. News and World Report list of Best Jobs, the best job in America is a software developer. Jane Thier, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2023 Software developer landed at the top of the list due to strong demand both now and projected for the future. Leada Gore |, al, 11 Jan. 2023 Its last purchase, of wealth-management software developer eMoney Advisor, was in 2015. Justin Baer, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2023 The image generation inspired software developer Seth Forsgren and roboticist Hayk Martiros to see if the same AI programs could apply to the audio realm. PCMAG, 15 Dec. 2022 Now, the software developer is looking forward to more practice time in retirement. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2022 After promising a fix in April, developer Raven Software finally made the Roze skin a bit brighter in a June 2021 game update. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


de·​vel·​op·​er di-ˈvel-ə-pər How to pronounce developer (audio)
: one that develops: as
: a chemical used to develop exposed photographic materials
: a person who develops real estate
especially : one who divides land and builds and sells houses on it

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