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mastermind

noun mas·ter·mind \ ˈmas-tər-ˌmīnd , ˌmas-tər-ˈ \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of mastermind

: a person who supplies the directing or creative intelligence for a project

Examples of mastermind in a Sentence

  1. the mastermind behind the terrorist plot

  2. the real mastermind behind the embezzlement scheme

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First Known Use of mastermind

1872

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mastermind

verb

Definition of mastermind

: to be the mastermind of

Examples of mastermind in a Sentence

  1. They masterminded a unique solution to the problem.

  2. He masterminded the bank robbery.

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First Known Use of mastermind

1927

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MASTERMIND Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of mastermind for English Language Learners

  • : a person who plans and organizes something


mastermind

Definition of mastermind for English Language Learners

  • : to plan and organize (something) : to be the mastermind of (something)



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