[ mak-uh-neyt ]
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verb (used with or without object),mach·i·nat·ed, mach·i·nat·ing.
  1. to contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose: to machinate the overthrow of the government.

Origin of machinate

First recorded in 1540–50; from Latin māchinātus, past participle of māchinārī “to invent, contrive, devise artfully”; see origin at machine, -ate1

Other words from machinate

  • mach·i·na·tor, noun
  • un·mach·i·nat·ed, adjective
  • un·mach·i·nat·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for machinate


/ (ˈmækɪˌneɪt, ˈmæʃ-) /

  1. (usually tr) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)

Origin of machinate

C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine

Derived forms of machinate

  • machinator, noun

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