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

Prior to his retirement, Leo worked as a senior engineer for Johnson and Johnson. courant.com, "Leo Gerard Raboin," 13 July 2018 Mukesh was born 10 years after India’s independence from the British in 1947 and trained as a chemical engineer before joining the Reliance board as a 20-year-old, along with his younger brother Anil. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 CONSTRUCTION Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Appleton, hired Angela Luther as a project assistant, Brandon Elrick as a project engineer and Andrew Weiskopf as a designer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New hires, promotions at Wisconsin companies," 12 July 2018 Jose Marcos Flores: a Puerto Rico native, Flores has worked at numerous NASA centers, including Johnson Space Center as a systems engineer. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA names six new flight directors to take the helm of mission control," 12 July 2018 Mr Asahara’s followers included scientists and engineers, one of whom worked for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, an arms manufacturer, and helped the cult steal secrets from it. The Economist, "On the hanging of Shoko Asahara, Japan’s nerve-gas guru," 12 July 2018 The bride’s father retired as an electrical engineer in the American research, development and manufacturing unit, in Malvern, Pa., of IFM, a German maker of sensors, controllers and systems used in industrial automation. New York Times, "Khanh Le, Matthew Sedensky," 8 July 2018 Scientists and aeronautical engineers are already preparing for this cataclysm by building ever larger rockets and setting up simulations of human life on Mars on a Hawaiian volcano, with uneven results. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Is Colonizing Mars the Most Important Project in Human History?," 29 June 2018 It’s partly why the East Bay author pursued it even alongside her career as a computer engineer. Brandon Yu, SFChronicle.com, "Yang Huang’s stories chart a family’s life in China," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trying to engineer a softer exit from the E.U. than many of her colleagues wanted. Jonathan Allen /, NBC News, "Trump takes a hammer to the old world," 11 July 2018 The City of Boise will hire a separate, Public Works licensed contractor to engineer the design and manage traffic control and installation of the artwork. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Vista Avenue is getting new public art sculptures. You can provide feedback on the designs.," 11 July 2018 As part of its ongoing commitment to engineer and manufacture the world’s most attractive vehicles, Mercedes-Benz will set up electric vehicle production in the United States. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 2018 Never before, however, has an entire political apparatus arisen to systematically engineer a more dependable Supreme Court over the course of a generation. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Conservative Court Push Decades in the Making, With Effects for Decades to Come," 9 July 2018 There has never been much doubt about Russia’s motive to engineer a caper like this. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 An emergency gathering Sunday by a group of leading European Union members, which was boycotted by Hungary and several other states, was meant to engineer at least a show of unity on migrant burden-sharing. Laura King, latimes.com, "The European country that makes the U.S. look lenient on immigration," 28 June 2018 The president is unlikely to deviate from the list of judges, who, like Gorsuch, seem to have genetically engineered in a basement laboratory at the Federalist Society for maximum conservatism and longevity with minimum controversy. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What are Dems to do about the SupCo?," 27 June 2018 Israel accuses Hamas, a militant group that seeks its destruction, of using the protesters as cover in an effort to engineer violent infiltrations. Washington Post, "Burning kites from Gaza damage Israeli farms, wildlife," 20 June 2018

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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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