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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The planning and zoning commission on Monday approved developer Kenneth Boynton’s applications to build 44 houses on about 30 acres on Wetherell Street in Manchester’s southwestern corner. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019 After decades of government incentives, wind and solar have been deployed widely enough for manufacturers and developers to become increasingly efficient and drive down costs. Christopher Martin, Fortune, "Why Bill Gates Thinks It’s Time to End Subsidies for Wind and Solar Power," 17 Sep. 2019 The six dams that impound the lakes were constructed by private developers in the late 1920s and ’30s specifically for hydroelectric generation. Josh Baugh,, "No ‘Big Drain’ yet for the Guadalupe River lakes," 16 Sep. 2019 An auction started at $1.8 million with only two bidders: local developer Terance Frazier and the rail authority. Los Angeles Times, "California bullet train’s mishandling of land deals adds to mounting costs and delays," 16 Sep. 2019 As part of olcCodeJam2019, developer s0lly created a working version of Civilization entirely in Microsoft’s spreadsheet software. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Civilization reproduced in Excel, Control teases an Alan Wake expansion," 13 Sep. 2019 But among new projects, developers do not suffer equally, said Donna Olshan, the firm’s president. New York Times, "One in Four of New York’s New Luxury Apartments Is Unsold," 13 Sep. 2019 Former officials balk at rule change Former EPA officials who've worked under Republican and Democratic administrations told NBC News that this rule change will only benefit mining industries, oil and gas pipeline corporations and land developers. NBC News, "Trump administration nixes Obama-era clean water protections," 12 Sep. 2019 Many tech firms have set up certification programmes, as well as smartphone-style app stores aimed at third-party developers keen to integrate Alexa and Google Home with their own products. The Economist, "Tech firms think the home is the next big computing platform," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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