Definition of rig verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    rig

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪɡ//
     
    [usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rig
    BrE BrE//rɪɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪɡ//
     
    he / she / it rigs
    BrE BrE//rɪɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪɡz//
     
    past simple rigged
    BrE BrE//rɪɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪɡd//
     
    past participle rigged
    BrE BrE//rɪɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪɡd//
     
    -ing form rigging
    BrE BrE//ˈrɪɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrɪɡɪŋ//
     
    Travelling by boat or ship
     
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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 had been rigged. A commission was appointed to ensure 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 match
  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. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  3. 3rig something (up) (with something) to fit equipment somewhere, sometimes secretly The lights had been 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. Word Originverb senses 2 to 3 late 15th cent. (in nautical use): perhaps of Scandinavian origin: compare with Norwegian rigga ‘bind or wrap up’. The noun dates from the early 19th cent. verb sense 1 late 18th cent. (in the noun sense): of unknown origin. Phrasal Verbsrig out somebodyrig somethingup
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