- 1engineer something (often disapproving) to arrange for something to happen or take place, especially when this is done secretly in order to give yourself an advantage synonym contrive She engineered a further meeting with him.
- 2[usually passive] engineer something to design and build something The car is beautifully engineered and a pleasure to drive.
- 3engineer something to change the genetic structure of something synonym genetically modify genetically engineered crops
NAmE//ˌɛndʒəˈnɪr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engineer
he / she / it engineers
past simple engineered
-ing form engineering