- to contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose: to machinate the overthrow of the government.
Origin of machinate
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Examples from the Web for machinate
But we leave the beauteous Kate and her mischief-loving maiden, to plot and machinate against the unsuspecting lover.
- (usually tr) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)
C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper