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machinate Syllabification: mach·i·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈmakəˌnāt/

Definition of machinate in English:


[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: /ˌmakəˈnāSHən/ /ˌmaSHəˈnāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The problem with that is that the winner is then the side most skilled at political machination, or the person who's physically stronger - not the person whose conclusion is better.
  • So, you are saying, Senator, that this is a deliberate machination on their part to throw or slow down the progress of this.
  • Hurricanes, severe earthquakes, dictatorships, revolution, counterrevolution, famines, epidemics, civil war, volcanic eruptions, and foreign machination have all besieged Nicaragua.
scheming, schemes, plotting, plots, intrigues, conspiracies, ruses, tricks, wiles, stratagems, tactics, maneuvering
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).

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