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

The bill’s authors seemingly admitted as much, inserting dozens of exemptions for workers including accountants, architects, dentists, doctors, engineers and estate agents. The Economist, "New rules in California could reshape the gig economy," 14 Sep. 2019 The law was put in place to punish captains, engineers and pilots responsible for deadly steamboat accidents that killed thousands in the 19th century. Washington Post, "Snoozing crew raises specter of criminal charge in boat fire," 13 Sep. 2019 That will give city engineers and contractors the opportunity to dig into the earth to examine the concrete support footings and pilings to see whether those structures were also damaged. oregonlive, "Portland releases dramatic photos of Swan Island bridge damage, plans to reopen third lane soon," 13 Sep. 2019 In Oregon, a Boeing engineer and his son, both avid windsurfers, had rigged their windsurfing sail to a long line, attached it to a pair of water skis, and then used the wind to pull themselves along the Hood River. James Somers, The New Yorker, "How Hackers Won the Water," 13 Sep. 2019 The company wants to grow its presence in Silicon Valley by hiring more people from the tech world, including engineers and data scientists. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco’s Long-Awaited IPO Might Actually Happen: Term Sheet," 11 Sep. 2019 Kate Diamond Capstone Project: Pendants and Programming An aspiring engineer and competitive programmer, Kate also writes for her high school newspaper and takes an active part in student politics. National Geographic, "Meet Our 2018 Grant Winners!," 10 Sep. 2019 But jet fuel wasn't the only thing burning, notes Forman Williams, a professor of engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and one of seven structural engineers and fire experts that PM consulted. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2019 The Menlo Park task force sent an additional 10 civilians, including doctors, structural engineers and hazardous material workers. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "The Scanner: Oakland schools under siege by tech bandits," 9 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When the team put mice genetically engineered not to make osteocalcin through the same stressors as the nonengineered mice, the rodents barely reacted. Emily Underwood, Science | AAAS, "Hormone secreted by bones may help us escape danger," 12 Sep. 2019 The Tick and Arthur join forces with the Civic-Minded Five, Die Fledermaus, and American Maid to subdue a genetically engineered Proto-Clown who is terrorizing The City because people keep laughing at him. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Ars celebrates 25 years of The Tick by picking our top ten favorite episodes," 10 Sep. 2019 After all, American companies designed, engineered and built the airport to begin with and could certainly make any major renovations as needed. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: DIA’s Great Hall project is a mess (8/17/19)," 18 Aug. 2019 Bennack engineered the purchase of the Express-News in October 1992 and closed The Light in January 1993. Rex Smith, ExpressNews.com, "Former Hearst CEO, a San Antonio icon, offers pointers on life and business," 18 June 2019 Bennack engineered Hearst’s purchase of the Express-News in October 1992 and closed The Light in January 1993. Rex Smith, Houston Chronicle, "Former Hearst CEO, a South Texas icon, offers pointers on life and business," 18 June 2019 Monsanto in recent years launched a new herbicide based on the chemical dicamba, along with soybean and cotton seeds genetically engineered to withstand the spray. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Bayer to Invest Billions in Weedkillers in Wake of Roundup Controversy," 14 June 2019 The cars in the exhibit were engineered and styled to go fast, without constraints, says guest curator Ken Gross, a car journalist and former director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "Accelerating style: Streamlined cars, designed to go fast, arrive at Portland Art Museum (photos)," 6 June 2018 Her company engineered and produces a device that generates electric power when dropped into any moving water, sort of a portable Hoover Dam. Michael Schuman, New York Times, "Blocked in Business, South Korean Women Start Their Own," 30 Aug. 2019

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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 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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