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engineer

noun en·gi·neer \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of engineer

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

Examples of engineer in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of engineer

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


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engineer

verb

Definition of engineer

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

Examples of engineer in a Sentence

  1. The rebels engineered a successful attack.

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

Recent Examples of engineer from the Web

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First Known Use of engineer

1828

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


ENGINEER Defined for English Language Learners

engineer

noun

Definition of engineer for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of engineer for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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engineer

noun en·gi·neer \ ˌen-jə-ˈnir \

Definition of engineer for Students

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

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engineer

verb

Definition of engineer for Students

engineered; engineering
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.

Medical Dictionary

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 bacteria
  • Technical Survey


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