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 Trent Jefferies had served in the US Army Corps of Engineers, worked as an engineer for Black & Decker, and managed materials and logistics for a company that builds carbon fiber parts for airplanes. Michael Schulson, Quartz, 14 Oct. 2021 K9 Ventures, NEA Nicholas, 28, worked as an engineer at Facebook, Palantir and Dropbox before starting Forethought with his former Palantir colleague, Ghoche, 27, in late 2018. Amy Feldman, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Majeski ended up at ThorSport, working in the shop as an engineer and also squeezing out four races in the team’s fifth Toyota. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Oct. 2021 Deep in debt, Mr. Rigas worked during the day as an engineer at Sylvania, an electrical products manufacturer, then hurried back each night to run his theater. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Fishers longest serving councilman is retiring to focus on his full job as an engineer at a construction firm. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Sep. 2021 But her career actually began at General Motors Co. as an engineer and then as a senior financial analyst. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 Rivers, who grew up in Grayson in northeastern Kentucky, earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from University of Kentucky and worked as an engineer for a private construction company in Kentucky. Laura A. Bischoff, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2021 Decades ago, Doug Field worked as an engineer at Ford before leaving to work at Segway, Apple, and Tesla. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And experts say that its jilted path to re-opening, while flawed, provides lessons for any government trying to engineer a divergence away from an airtight COVID-19 response. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2021 With Republicans fully opposed to the president’s big plans, the Democratic leaders were trying to engineer a way out of a potentially devastating standoff between the party’s moderate and progressive wings that risks Biden’s agenda. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, chicagotribune.com, 24 Aug. 2021 With Republicans fully opposed to the president’s big plans, the Democratic leaders were trying to engineer a way out of a potentially devastating standoff between the party’s moderate and progressive wings that risks Biden’s agenda. Lisa Mascaro And Kevin Freking, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Aug. 2021 With Republicans fully opposed to the president’s big plans, the Democratic leaders were trying to engineer a way out of a potentially devastating standoff between the party’s moderate and progressive wings that risks Biden’s agenda. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2021 This includes the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma and OxyContin infamy, who are trying to engineer a legal scheme to escape liability through bankruptcy court. Dick Durbin, STAT, 7 Aug. 2021 These movies unfold entirely on computer screens, toggling through apps, websites, and videochats, which leaves the viewer to reverse-engineer the narrative. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 30 June 2021 Even if a waiver were granted, intellectual property lawyers said there could be long delays until production because the patents don’t include the details of the manufacturing process, leaving developing countries to reverse-engineer the formulas. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2021 That such a denouement is possible is testament, first, to our tendency to assume that decline — soccer as a whole, in fact — runs in straight lines, to reverse-engineer an explanation for every event. New York Times, 9 Apr. 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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“Engineer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engineer. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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