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Definition of engineer verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engineer
    he / she / it engineers
    past simple engineered
    -ing form engineering
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  1. 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. 2[usually passive] engineer something to design and build something The car is beautifully engineered and a pleasure to drive.
  3. 3engineer something to change the genetic structure of something synonym genetically modify genetically engineered crops
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: engineer