Definition of engineer in English:


Syllabification: en·gi·neer
Pronunciation: /ˌenjəˈni(ə)r


  • 1A person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.
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    • This is important to the engineers who design and build products, because it gives them a tool to determine what the future costs will be.
    • This guy is an engineer who designs and builds humanoid robots that are capable of standing and walking on their own, not just some guy who tinkers in his garage.
    • In the early days of television, the engineers who designed and built TV picture tubes faced technical problems that caused them to make some compromises.
  • 1.1A person qualified in a branch of engineering, especially as a professional: an aeronautical engineer
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    • Basso is qualified as an aeronautical engineer, having worked in the United States for NASA near Washington.
    • Richie Hindle is a professional software engineer in the UK.
    • He is a registered professional engineer in New Hampshire.
  • 1.2The operator or supervisor of an engine, especially a railroad locomotive or the engine on an aircraft or ship.
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    • New rules on alcohol have brought air traffic controllers and aircraft engineers into line with pilots although it remains up to individual employers how levels are checked.
    • Each of the frigate's flights consists of two pilots, an observer and an aircrewman, plus nine engineers and an aircraft controller.
    • Rocket and aircraft engineers have been testing their hardware in computer loop simulations for years.
    operator, driver, controller
  • 1.3A skillful contriver or originator of something: the prime engineer of the approach
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    • He is credited as the engineer of this merger, which has created the world's biggest global financial services organization.
    • He was the engineer of this change.
    • The social engineers in charge of government policy seem to think so.


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  • 1Design and build (a machine or structure): the men who engineered the tunnel
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    • Design professionals can contribute to the conservation of materials by designing and engineering structures so they can be more easily taken apart in the future.
    • The extended version is designed, engineered and built by the same company.
    • Similarly, the Ford Territory is designed, engineered and built in Melbourne.
  • 1.1Skillfully or artfully arrange for (an event or situation) to occur: she engineered another meeting with him
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    • Grant, who worked as a director with United Biscuits before engineering a management buy-out of Mackay's in 1995, is clear about what he is doing.
    • Brenda hadn't ceased to plot, plan and engineer his defeat, regardless if he was the only capable negotiator dedicated to the union's position.
    • That has produced a consensus view that China was successfully engineering a managed slowdown.
    bring about, arrange, pull off, bring off, contrive, maneuver, manipulate, negotiate, organize, orchestrate, choreograph, mount, stage, mastermind, originate, manage, stage-manage, coordinate, control, superintend, direct, conduct
    informal wangle
  • 1.2Modify (an organism) by manipulating its genetic material: [as adjective, with submodifier]: (engineered) genetically engineered plants
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    • Many plants and animals are engineered to express human genetic information.
    • In order to get patents, it has to be proved that genetically engineered species are completely new, novel, and alien organisms.
    • Genetically engineered plants are now grown on more than 100,000 acres.


Middle English (denoting a designer and constructor of fortifications and weapons; formerly also as ingineer): in early use from Old French engigneor, from medieval Latin ingeniator, from ingeniare 'contrive, devise', from Latin ingenium (see engine); in later use from French ingénieur or Italian ingegnere, also based on Latin ingenium, with the ending influenced by -eer.

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