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

     

    engineer

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪr//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engineer
    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪr//
     
    he / she / it engineers
    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪrz//
     
    past simple engineered
    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪrd//
     
    past participle engineered
    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪrd//
     
    -ing form engineering
    BrE BrE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌendʒɪˈnɪrɪŋ//
     
    Genetic 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 genetically engineered crops See related entries: Genetic engineering
  4. Word Origin Middle English (denoting a designer and constructor of fortifications and weapons; formerly also as ingineer): in early use from Old French engigneor, from medieval Latin ingeniator, from ingeniare ‘contrive, devise’, from Latin ingenium ‘talent, device’, from in- ‘in’ + gignere ‘beget’; in later use from French ingénieur or Italian ingegnere, also based on Latin ingenium, with the ending influenced by -eer.Extra examples She carefully engineered a meeting with the chairman. The car is superbly engineered and a pleasure to drive. This heavier-weight paper is specifically engineered for inkjet printing. genetically engineered organisms genetically engineered plants He had no idea that his downfall had been engineered by his deputy. The firm effectively engineered its own takeover. They’ve designed/​engineered a new car. the men who engineered the tunnel
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