engineer

noun
en·​gi·​neer | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir How to pronounce engineer (audio) \

Definition of engineer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a member of a military group devoted to engineering work
2 obsolete : a crafty schemer : plotter
3a : 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 : a person who runs or supervises an engine or an apparatus

engineer

verb
engineered; engineering; engineers

Definition of engineer (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer engineer a bridge
2a : 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
3 : to modify or produce by genetic engineering corn engineered to resist crop pests

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Verb

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

Examples of engineer in a Sentence

Noun Design engineers are working on ways to make the cars run more efficiently. The engineer stopped the train. Army engineers were called in to construct the canal. Verb The rebels engineered a successful attack. the mayor engineered an agreement to have a major league team play in our city
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun My first job was working as a field engineer with marine and industrial gas turbines. Todd Emery, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Cosgrove began working for the city in July of 1998 as its chief engineer. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Eric Saylor is Cincinnati's principal engineer with the city's Stormwater Management Utility. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 30 Aug. 2021 Neighbors, colleagues and relatives of Zemari Ahmadi, a technical engineer with Nutrition and Education International, a charity based in Pasadena, California, insisted angrily that the same injustice had just been visited on their relatives. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Records show that the Surfside building department delegated inspections of the towers back to the Champlain Towers builders, who tapped their own engineer to sign off on construction work. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Mark Glaspell, an Army engineer with the 101st Airborne Division who served as a mentor to Afghan forces from 2010 to 2011, said even simple exercises went haywire. Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Aug. 2021 This album was done on my iPad, with my engineer at his studio and me in my nightie. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2021 That light, in turn, would be timed with the stoplight at Kennedy and Highway to mitigate traffic backups, said Dennis Cobb, an engineer with the project. Michelle L. Quinn, chicagotribune.com, 19 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bella Dose stepped into the spotlight only three years ago — just 12 short months after spending countless hours learning how to play instruments, understand music theory, and engineer their own unique sound. Gabriela Ulloa, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 It's taken decades to find the appropriate viruses and engineer them to safely deliver genes or editing tools. USA Today, 25 Apr. 2021 That’s if, of course, Sweeney doesn’t somehow engineer a Jack Eichel trade. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2021 Two, this Wazzu team led Utah, 28-7, late in the first half before Drew Lisk helped engineer 35 unanswered points for a 42-28 season-ending win. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 July 2021 Homeowners engineer a myriad of ways to block access to our beaches, erecting fake no-parking signs, painting curbs red, installing their own gates and staircases and hiring private security. Frank Shyong Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 If so, start thinking now about how to re-engineer your job to include fewer trips, setting up a mix of in-person and virtual meetings for the future that’s more to your liking. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 13 May 2021 Its story features a group of thieves who engineer a high-risk, high-stakes heist. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 Aug. 2021 Pat Forciea, who helped engineer Paul Wellstone's upset victory in the 1990 U.S. Senate race, was hired by the North Stars for his marketing prowess. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021

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First Known Use of engineer

Noun

circa 1635, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for engineer

Noun

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

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The first known use of engineer was circa 1635

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“Engineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engineer. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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engineer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of engineer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

engineer

verb

English Language Learners Definition of engineer (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

engineer

noun
en·​gi·​neer | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir How to pronounce engineer (audio) \

Kids Definition of engineer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who designs and builds machinery or technical equipment : a person who studies or works in a branch of engineering an electrical engineer
2 : a person who runs or is in charge of a railroad engine or other machinery or technical equipment

engineer

verb
engineered; engineering

Kids Definition of engineer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to plan, build, or manage as an engineer They engineered a faster race car.
2 : to plan out in a skillful or clever way : contrive The general engineered the defeat of the enemy.

engineer

transitive verb
en·​gi·​neer | \ ˌen-jə-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce engineer (audio) \

Medical Definition of engineer

: to modify or produce by genetic engineering insulin made by genetically engineered bacteriaTechnical Survey

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