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machinate

[ mak-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈmæk əˌneɪt /
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verb (used with or without object), mach·i·nat·ed, mach·i·nat·ing.

to contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose: to machinate the overthrow of the government.

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Origin of machinate

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin māchinātus, past participle of māchinārī “to invent, contrive, devise artfully”; see origin at machine, -ate1
mach·i·na·tor, nounun·mach·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·mach·i·nat·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for machinate

machinate
/ (ˈmækɪˌneɪt, ˈmæʃ-) /

verb

(usually tr) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)
machinator, noun
C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine
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