[ mak-uh-neyt ]
/ ˈmæk əˌneɪt /

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.

Origin of machinate

1590–1600; < Latin māchinātus past participle of māchinārī to invent, contrive, devise artfully. See machine, -ate1

Related forms

mach·i·na·tor, nounun·mach·i·nat·ed, adjectiveun·mach·i·nat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for machinate


/ (ˈmækɪˌneɪt, ˈmæʃ-) /


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

Derived Forms

machinator, noun

Word Origin for machinate

C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine
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