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noun en·gi·neer \ˌen-jə-ˈnir\

Simple Definition of engineer

  • : a person who has scientific training and who designs and builds complicated products, machines, systems, or structures : a person who specializes in a branch of engineering

  • : a person who runs or is in charge of an engine in an airplane, a ship, etc.

  • : a person who runs a train

Full Definition of engineer

  1. 1 :  a member of a military group devoted to engineering work

  2. 2 obsolete :  a crafty schemer :  plotter

  3. 3 a :  a designer or builder of engines b :  a person who is trained in or follows as a profession a branch of engineering c :  a person who carries through an enterprise by skillful or artful contrivance

  4. 4 :  a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus

Examples of engineer

  1. Design engineers are working on ways to make the cars run more efficiently.

  2. The engineer stopped the train.

  3. Army engineers were called in to construct the canal.

Origin of engineer

Middle English engineour, from Anglo-French, from enginer to devise, construct, from engin

First Known Use: 14th century



verb en·gi·neer

Simple Definition of engineer

  • : to plan, build, or manage (something) by using scientific methods

  • : to produce or plan (something) especially in a clever and skillful way

  • : to change the genetic structure of (a plant or animal)

Full Definition of engineer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer <engineer a bridge>

  3. 2 a :  to contrive or plan out usually with more or less subtle skill and craft <engineer a business deal> b :  to guide the course of <engineer a rally>

  4. 3 :  to modify or produce by genetic engineering <corn engineered to resist crop pests>

Examples of engineer

  1. The rebels engineered a successful attack.

  2. <the mayor engineered an agreement to have a major league team play in our city>


First Known Use of engineer


Synonym Discussion of engineer

guide, lead, steer, pilot, engineer mean to direct in a course or show the way to be followed. guide implies intimate knowledge of the way and of all its difficulties and dangers <guided the scouts through the cave>. lead implies showing the way and often keeping those that follow under control and in order <led his team to victory>. steer implies an ability to keep to a course and stresses the capacity of maneuvering correctly <steered the ship through a narrow channel>. pilot suggests guidance over a dangerous or complicated course <piloted the bill through the Senate>. engineer implies finding ways to avoid or overcome difficulties in achieving an end or carrying out a plan <engineered his son's election to the governorship>.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb en·gi·neer \ˌen-jə-ˈni(ə)r\

Medical Definition of engineer

  1. :  to modify or produce by genetic engineering <insulin made by genetically engineered bacteria—Technical Survey>

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