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Definition of rig verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rig
    he / she / it rigs
    past simple rigged
    -ing form rigging
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  1. 1rig something to arrange or influence something in a dishonest way in order to get the result that you want synonym fix He said the election was rigged. A commission was appointed to ensure that the lottery was not rigged. to rig the market (= to cause an artificial rise or fall in prices, in order to make a profit) a rigged game
  2. 2rig something (with something) to provide a ship or boat with ropes, sails, etc.; to fit the sails, etc. in position The ships were rigged with a single square sail. The sails were kept rigged, ready for action.
  3. 3rig something (up) (with something) to fit equipment somewhere, sometimes secretly The lights were rigged (up) but not yet tested. The car had been rigged with about 300 lbs of explosive. I was rigged up to a machine that monitored the baby's heartbeat.
  4. Phrasal Verbsrig somebody/something/yourselfout (in/with something)rig somethingup
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