engineer

[ en-juh-neer ]
/ ˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər /

noun

verb (used with object)

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Origin of engineer

1350–1400; engine + -eer; replacing Middle English engin(e)our<Anglo-French engineorOld French engigneor<Medieval Latin ingeniātor, equivalent to ingeniā(re) to design, devise (verbal derivative of ingenium;see engine) + Latin -tor-tor

OTHER WORDS FROM engineer

sub·en·gi·neer, nounun·en·gi·neered, adjectivewell-en·gi·neered, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for engineer

engineer
/ (ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə) /

noun

verb (tr)

to originate, cause, or plan in a clever or devious mannerhe engineered the minister's downfall
to design, plan, or construct as a professional engineer

Word Origin for engineer

C14: enginer, from Old French engigneor, from engignier to contrive, ultimately from Latin ingenium skill, talent; see engine
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