Definition of machinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakəˌnāt/
Pronunciation: /ˈmaSHəˌnāt/


[no object]
Engage in plots and intrigues; scheme.
Example sentences
  • They have no place machinating behind the scenes now.
  • American cinema has, for years, worked its magic to manipulate popular opinion, machinating to fortify racial stereotypes, prejudice, jingoism, and hegemonic control - especially during times of political change.
  • Focusing on the GCC has given the impression that climate change obstructionism is confined to a handful of goggle-eyed fossil fuel fundamentalists machinating on the margins of respectable corporate society.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnātər/
Example sentences
  • The picture could be a physiognomical paradigm of a conspirator, a machinator, a schemer, a Machiavel.
  • This superior adventure, set partly in Prague, involves threatening political machinators, a fearsome golem, and a brave girl who is orchestrating anti-magical resistance.
  • NY1 hears creaking and shouts of eminent domain from Pataki's office, as if he wasn't the visionless machinator behind the whole fiasco.


Early 16th century (used transitively in the sense 'to plot (a malicious act)'): from Latin machinat- 'contrived', from the verb machinari, from machina (see machine).

Words that rhyme with machinate


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Syllabification: mach·i·nate

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