reverse engineer

verb

Definition of reverse engineer

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to disassemble and examine or analyze in detail (a product or device) to discover the concepts involved in manufacture usually in order to produce something similar

reverse engineering

noun

Examples of reverse engineer in a Sentence

  1. They reverse engineered the software.

First Known Use of reverse engineer

1973


REVERSE ENGINEER Defined for English Language Learners

reverse engineer

verb

Definition of reverse engineer for English Language Learners

  • : to study the parts of (something) to see how it was made and how it works so that you can make something that is like it


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