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[dih-vel-uh-per] /dɪˈvɛl ə pər/
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.
Origin of developer
1825-35; develop + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • Dave had been hearing talk on the street of a developer snatching up property in the neighborhood.
  • Miller is a real-estate developer and former builder, so his conservatism is leavened with actual experience.
  • The first is a developer-sponsored, but informative, account of the neighborhood from the point of view of residents.
  • And those developer-managers would make those units available at a variety of price points.
  • When people give the developer feedback on bugs, then the developer can work them out for the point release.
  • The developer of the device in the winning entry says it was used without permission.
British Dictionary definitions for developer


a person or thing that develops something, esp a person who develops property
(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 and History for developer

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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developer in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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