Definition of developer in English:



  • 1A person or thing that develops something.

    ‘a property developer’
    ‘software developers’
    • ‘It was owned by a property developer who preferred to organise build packages rather than see projects through to completion.’
    • ‘In recent months the news in Sligo has been about the Corporation of Sligo leasing a car park to a property developer.’
    • ‘The group is also planning a future meeting with large property developers affected by the decision.’
    • ‘And developers say demand for properties is now so high they are struggling to keep up.’
    • ‘It would profit Microsoft if all the other software developers in the world packed up.’
    • ‘There have been several calls to vet voting machines by Irish software developers.’
    • ‘The owner, a property developer, has put Raith up for sale.’
    • ‘And what methods did they use to monitor and test the output of their software developers?’
    • ‘The two had been staying at the Barcelona holiday home of Mr Hunter, who runs a fish and chip shop chain in Bridlington and is also a property developer.’
    • ‘One of the firm's biggest success stories as a property developer is Edinburgh Park on the western fringes of the capital.’
    • ‘Kennet and North Wiltshire Primary Care Trust wants to sell the land to a property developer with a view to building 20 houses.’
    • ‘It gets its software developers from a pool of hundreds of volunteer programmers.’
    • ‘Treasury Holdings is one of the country's most successful property developers.’
    • ‘This unlikely looking quartet includes a property developer, pest controller, full time musician and a chiropodist.’
    • ‘A businessman and a property developer are believed to be in a head-to-head race to buy the Westhoughton stadium.’
    • ‘It is likely that it will work in conjunction with a property developer to fund the purchase of its current city centre location at Broadford Works.’
    • ‘But the two-acre site, in the centre of the village, could quickly be snapped up by a property developer for new homes.’
    • ‘The move follows Sega's shift from a hardware producer to a developer of software for all gaming platforms.’
    • ‘My current boyfriend is the son of an antiques dealer; he's a property developer and a builder of tree houses.’
    • ‘In Edinburgh the market is still robust and city centre property prices for developers are at a premium.’
    originator, creator, initiator, institutor, instigator, organizer, father, founding father, prime mover, architect, engineer, designer, deviser, developer, pioneer, author, planner, framer, inventor, mastermind, maker, producer, builder, constructor
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    1. 1.1[with adjective]A person who grows or matures at a specified time or rate.
      ‘I was a slow developer’
      • ‘Young people often become anxious or worried if they think they are early or late developers.’
      • ‘She had been a slow developer and had pretty much been considered the ugly duckling for most of her life.’
      • ‘They are often late developers, live by their own rules and can be utterly selfish.’
      • ‘Jonathan Simpson, defending, said that his client had been a slow developer as a child and was very immature at the time of the offence.’
      • ‘A relatively late developer, he epitomises the thin line between success and failure.’
      • ‘His father, Ramu, says Prasad was recognised to be a slow developer only when the boy was about five years old.’
      • ‘It was not as if he was a slow developer, in fact he was 6ft tall and extremely muscular.’
      • ‘This is one late developer who doesn't intend to be remembered - or forgotten - for once finishing second.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun]A chemical agent used for treating photographic film to make a visible image.
      ‘photography paper in a trough of developer’
      • ‘In a darkroom floating in a bath of developer an image slowly materializes.’
      • ‘It is used in cosmetics and photography as a black and white developer, among other industrial applications.’
      • ‘The recipe for paper is almost a double-strength version of my film developer.’
      • ‘The developer is heavily diluted in order to slow the process down and allow better control.’
      • ‘The print may need to stay in the second developer for as long as two or three minutes.’