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

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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