- 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 genetically engineered crops See related entries: Genetic engineering 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
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