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 Along with the full property tax exemption, the developer also does not have to pay sales tax on materials purchased for construction. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "NRP, San Antonio Housing Authority partnering to add affordable apartments in Southwest and East San Antonio," 3 May 2021 Unfortunately the city has set that lot aside for a wealthy developer, and Dixon’s project faces challenges., "Race matters at this year’s IFFBoston," 29 Apr. 2021 At the software giant’s Build conference in May, Sam Altman, a cofounder of OpenAI, demonstrated how GPT-3 could auto-complete code for a developer. Will Knight, Wired, "Now for AI’s Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code," 23 Apr. 2021 But the developer has yet to work out an agreement with a hotel brand. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Proposal to build $160M dual-branded hotel on Harbor Island clears hurdle following six-year effort," 13 Apr. 2021 Under that plan, for every acre of trees cut down, the developer would have to buy at least five acres’ worth of credits. Washington Post, "Maryland lawmakers debate how forests lost to development should be replaced," 8 Apr. 2021 But the developer had trouble getting financing and the next year eliminated the arena from the plan and replaced it with a hotel and retail space. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, "Fishers is considering what should go into a proposed community center for sports, arts," 7 Apr. 2021 Fortnite was promptly removed from the App Store, but Apple did end up cutting its fee to 15% for every developer earning less than $1 million a year. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "This is why Apple doesn’t want you to sideload apps on your iPhone," 5 Apr. 2021 And the developer has another new rental community on Commerce Street west of downtown. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Another major apartment community in the works for Frisco," 24 Mar. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Developer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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