a person or thing that develops.
Photography. a reducing agent or solution for developing a film or the like.
a person who invests in and develops the urban or suburban potentialities of real estate, especially by subdividing the land into home sites and then building houses and selling them.
Shipbuilding. a person who lays out at full size the lines of a vessel and prepares templates from them.

1825–35; develop + -er1 Unabridged
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developer (dɪˈvɛləpə)
1.  a person or thing that develops something, esp a person who develops property
2.  photog a solution of a chemical reducing agent that converts the latent image recorded in the emulsion of a film or paper into a visible image

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Word Origin & History

1833, "one who develops," agent noun from develop. Photography use attested from 1869; meaning "speculative builder" is from 1938.
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Computing Dictionary

developer definition


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Example sentences
And behind the developer comes the family in search of a home in the suburbs.
The developer only got it from people who stole it from natives, who never
  owned it in the first place.
He picked it up cheaply when another developer went bankrupt after putting a
  handful of houses on it.
Conveniently, they knew a real-estate developer who was willing to help them
  negotiate with the landlord to break their lease.
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