machinate

verb
mach·​i·​nate | \ˈma-kə-ˌnāt, ˈma-shə- \
machinated; machinating

Definition of machinate 

intransitive verb

: to plan or plot especially to do harm

transitive verb

: to scheme or contrive to bring about : plot

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Other Words from machinate

machinator \-​ˌnā-​tər \ noun

Examples of machinate in a Sentence

a trio of courtiers who were discovered to be machinating against the queen the hackers machinated a way to steal credit numbers from the company's Web site

First Known Use of machinate

1537, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for machinate

Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari, from machina machine, contrivance

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The first known use of machinate was in 1537

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