engineer

noun
en·​gi·​neer | \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir \

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

Instead of using cameras or accelerometers to make motion control happen, engineers from Google's experimental Advanced Technology and Projects division turned to extremely short-distance radar with fantastic results. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "FCC Clears Google's Bonkers Radar Motion Tech," 2 Jan. 2019 The plea from Prysby, a DEQ water engineer, relates to the improper permitting of Flint’s water treatment plant during the switch. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case," 26 Dec. 2018 Meng happens to be the daughter of Huawei’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, a former People’s Liberation Army engineer whose connection to the Chinese Communist Party has contributed to the suspicions of US intelligence agencies. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Canada arrests top Huawei executive on suspicion of violating Iran sanctions," 5 Dec. 2018 It was started by three engineers from Apple and Xerox in 1987, with the goal of standardizing 16-bit characters for use in early computing. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "With This New Ballet Flat Emoji, Women Finally Have a Comfortable Digital Shoe," 9 Nov. 2018 Dues contribute to the bottom line, which is profitable, according to Covey, a former engineer with an MBA. Laura A. Hobson, Cincinnati.com, "Columbia Tusculum center celebrates Irish arts, culture," 26 June 2018 These workers, the Journal reports, would likely be engineers and would fill a gap in prospective talent due to a tight labor market. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Foxconn denies looking to transfer Chinese workers to incoming Wisconsin factory," 6 Nov. 2018 The truth is, Armstrong was a quiet, thoughtful, and brave engineer. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "First Man is a first-rate movie about America’s most revered astronaut," 12 Oct. 2018 The plant initially employed 8,000 engineers, production and support staff in 20 buildings. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 13, 1958: Thousands tour new Convair plant on Kearny Mesa," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tuna are aquatic freight trains — hulking engines of muscle engineered for traveling the globe. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The latter pair come with the 10-speed automatic co-engineered with Ford. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Down to Earth: 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 Arrives as a Mild Trail Upgrade," 26 Mar. 2018 Douglas Manufacturing, in Pell City, a manufacturer of conveyor components and engineered conveying solutions. William Thornton, AL.com, "Governor's Trade Excellence Awards presented to 8 companies," 21 Mar. 2018 The military envisions common marine microorganisms engineered to release telltale signs when enemy ships pass, living camouflage, and self-healing paint. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Military Wants to Create Synthetic Life Forms to Track Enemies," 4 Dec. 2018 The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will. Nicole Perlroth And David E. Sanger, New York Times, "Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says," 15 Mar. 2018 The obvious targets for engineering another Crimea or Ukraine are Narva and Latgale, the heavily Russian-speaking enclaves in Estonia and Latvia, respectively. Leon Aron, WSJ, "Russian Pensions and the Risk of War," 16 Oct. 2018 The Academy committee incorporated much of Powell’s report into their own, nevertheless watering it down considerably by passing over ethnology and his ideas about engineering the landscape. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Like Yeti's trademark status symbol coolers, the rugged bag is a brilliant example of engineering the simple into the unbreakable. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Throw Your Entire Life Into the YETI Camino Carryall 35," 25 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'engineer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of engineer

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

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