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.

Nearby words

  1. machicolation,
  2. machida,
  3. machilid,
  4. machilipatnam,
  5. machinable,
  6. machination,
  7. machinations,
  8. machinator,
  9. machine,
  10. machine bolt

Origin of machinate

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

Related formsmach·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 machinator



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

Word Origin for machinate

C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine

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