mach·​i·​nate | \ ˈma-kə-ˌnāt How to pronounce machinate (audio) , ˈma-shə- How to pronounce machinate (audio) \
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 \ ˈma-​kə-​ˌnā-​tər How to pronounce machinator (audio) , ˈma-​shə-​ \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web But Cleopatra, still machinating away in Alexandria, couldn’t handle the thought of Herod gaining any further traction in Antony’s affections. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Mariamne I," 18 Dec. 2019 Now a new scheme described by ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal involves families seemingly machinating to get an unfair leg up in paying for a coveted seat at a university. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "Trading Custody for Financial Aid," 30 July 2019

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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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23 Dec 2019

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“Machinate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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