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

Many thanks to all our guests and podcast engineer (and dad to one-year-old Tyler) Brett Fuchs. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Survive Holiday Travel With the Kids: Travelogue Podcast," 16 Nov. 2018 The two men killed were the Amtrak engineer and conductor, who were riding in the front of the train. Lori Aratani, Washington Post, "NTSB hearing focuses on railroad safety following two fatal Amtrak crashes," 10 July 2018 Edward Andrew Schultz was born in Norfolk, Va. His father, George, was an aeronautical engineer; his mother, Mary, was a schoolteacher. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Ed Schultz, blunt-spoken political talk-show host, dies at 64," 6 July 2018 Koumar is an electrical engineer with Qualcomm Inc. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Second-grader's electronic listmaker wins global invention prize," 28 June 2018 Jimmy Iovine, future Apple Music titan and demonstrated hitmaker, was then an ambitious engineer helming his first album as producer with Smith’s third LP, Easter. Hilary Hughes, Billboard, "Patti Smith on 'Because The Night' at 40: How Her Bruce Springsteen Collaboration Is 'A Whole Life in A Song'," 21 June 2018 Created by two former smokers and Stanford design graduates (one of whom also worked as a design engineer at Apple), the duo wanted to make a device that looked sleek and attractive. Julia Belluz, Vox, "7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 In addition to writing about architecture, Kate has worked extensively as a sound engineer. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "Building houses that grow with us," 14 Nov. 2018 Katerra is a three-year-old company that is trying to make construction more efficient by putting architects, engineers, contractors and builders in the same company, and use an assembly line-like manufacturing process for building parts. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "In Silicon Valley, Saudi Money Keeps Flowing to Startups Amid Backlash," 7 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The students, many of whom hear about the program through social media, are well-educated (backgrounds range from engineering to journalism), but live in rural areas with limited job prospects. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 There’s speculation that the scale of the political theater could grow even grander on Wednesday, the second day of the summit, with North Korea possibly engineering one of its huge mass games spectacles for Moon. Foster Klug, The Seattle Times, "“Grand Theater”: Has N. Korea’s Kim won a propaganda coup?," 18 Sep. 2018 Akka generates 75 percent of its sales in France and Germany and became more dependent on auto manufacturing with the takeover of a Daimler engineering unit in 2010. Marie Mawad And Ania Nussbaum, chicagotribune.com, "Flying trains could be coming your way," 11 July 2018 Gael is a guy at Speckulate where Mariana has her software engineering job. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Good Trouble"'s Cierra Ramirez and Tommy Martinez Get Real About Working With Noah Centineo, Bisexual Representation, and What’s Next for The “Fosters” Spin-Off," 10 Jan. 2019 But Hkawn Shawng, the woman who helped engineer her rescue, says that is all but impossible. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "6 Years Gone: Myanmar woman escapes brutal China captivity," 6 Sep. 2018 The 2019 Jetta is completely re-engineered and restyled on VW’s modular architecture (MQB). Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The Mazda6 has been re-engineered and refined for 2018, with many newly available technologies and premium features with unequalled craftsmanship and design. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Mazda6 sedan gets a major update for 2018, with more elegance, tech," 29 June 2018 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

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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.
US : 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
technical : 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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