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[mak-uh-neyt] /ˈmæk əˌneɪt/
verb (used with or without object), machinated, machinating.
to contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose:
to machinate the overthrow of the government.
Origin of machinate
1590-1600; < Latin māchinātus past participle of māchinārī to invent, contrive, devise artfully. See machine, -ate1
Related forms
machinator, noun
unmachinated, adjective
unmachinating, adjective Unabridged
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/ˈmækɪˌneɪt; ˈmæʃ-/
(usually transitive) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)
Derived Forms
machinator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchinamachine
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Word Origin and History for machinate

"lay plots, intrigue," c.1600, a back-formation from machination, or else from Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari (see machination). Related: Machinated; machinating; machinator.

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