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 developer, Lennar Homes, also has agreed to restore Carroll Canyon Creek and include 256 acres of parks, trails and open space. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves new 1,800-home neighborhood in western Mira Mesa," 30 Sep. 2020 The idea gained traction after an obscure developer, Bayrock Group, started leasing office space on the 24th floor of Trump Tower, directly below Mr. Trump’s headquarters. Mike Mcintire, Russ Buettner And Susanne Craig, New York Times, "How Reality-TV Fame Handed Trump a $427 Million Lifeline," 28 Sep. 2020 The building developer, 42 Broad, commissioned the work. Karen Croke, USA TODAY, "Late rapper Heavy D to be honored with sculpture in his New York hometown," 26 Sep. 2020 The downtown real estate developer and co-founder of Rackspace Technology caught COVID-19 from his 22-year-old son. Greg Jefferson,, "Jefferson: ‘I thought I was going to die’ — tech entrepreneur Graham Weston on catching COVID-19 and launching Community Labs, his mass-testing project," 25 Sep. 2020 Microsoft also purchased Obsidian Entertainment in 2018, putting the developer of Fallout: New Vegas and the owner of the Fallout IP under the same corporate roof once again. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft purchases Bethesda Softworks in industry-changing acquisition [Updated]," 21 Sep. 2020 The deal includes legendary D-FW developer of Doom and Quake, id Software, which is based in Richardson. Britton Peele, Dallas News, "Microsoft’s $7.5 billion video game deal includes Dallas-based developers," 21 Sep. 2020 The initiative was the brainchild of Alastair Mactaggart, a wealthy San Francisco real estate developer, who had the idea in the shower in 2015 and funded the effort out of pocket. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "The Fight Over the Fight Over California’s Privacy Future," 21 Sep. 2020 The deal would have allowed the developer, EllmanCo., to capture nearly half of the sales tax generated by the site for 40 years. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "How did Scottsdale's 2 mayoral candidates vote during their time on council? A look back," 19 Sep. 2020

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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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11 Oct 2020

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“Developer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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