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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Because O’Brien is now a big-time developer and among his high-profile projects is remaking Suffolk Downs into one of the region’s next great neighborhoods. Shirley Leung,, "Can the new Suffolk Downs avoid the mistakes of the Seaport District?," 5 Sep. 2019 Bry has repeatedly pointed out that Gloria and other Sacramento legislators supporting such legislation have accepted campaign contributions from developers and investors who would benefit from the new laws. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bry says mayoral rival Gloria supports housing legislation that could damage neighborhoods," 1 Sep. 2019 The California Apartment Association, which represents owners and developers of rental properties, had warned legislators for months that the measure was too restrictive and would scare development away from the state. Dustin Gardiner,, "11th-hour deal paves way for bill to end rent gouging in state," 30 Aug. 2019 Voters passed the measure last month after an expensive campaign in which developers and real estate associations poured nearly half a million dollars into defeating Question 200. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Lakewood hits bumps putting into place a new housing cap passed by voters in July," 26 Aug. 2019 The Bravo star has been dating Bernon, a real estate developer and film producer, since last fall. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Bethenny Frankel Says She Left RHONY Because She's the Only Housewife Who's 'Married'," 23 Aug. 2019 Starting in 2012, developers and city officials launched an effort to replace the failing Valley View mall with a $4 billion mixed-use development called Dallas Midtown. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Valley View gone: Teardown of Dallas shopping mall boosts nearby property owners," 23 Aug. 2019 Enter private developers, and a network of builders and consultants who aim to provide new on- and off-campus options for colleges without requiring them to take on debt or tap too far into their capital reserves. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Back on campus, students confront a challenging housing market," 20 Aug. 2019 Satellite images show that stretches of Mumbai’s coast have eroded by as much as 18 metres since 2000, in part because developers and slum-dwellers have paved over protective mangroves. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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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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