Definition of mastermind in English:

mastermind

Syllabification: mas·ter·mind
Pronunciation: /ˈmastərˌmīnd
 
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noun

  • 1A person with an outstanding intellect: an eminent musical mastermind
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    • Guitarist and producer Dave is a PhD student at Columbia, and a musical mastermind.
    • One of the most refreshing aspects of the album is that this is a European album, from a German musical mastermind, that doesn't sound like it should remain on the European continent.
    • It turns out that he's currently working on a project with my favorite Ethiopian musical mastermind.
    Synonyms
    genius, mind, intellect, author, architect, organizer, originator, prime mover, initiator, inventor
    informal brain, brains, ideas man
  • 1.1Someone who plans and directs an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise: the mastermind behind the project
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    • Unfortunately, there was an accident and she was taken in by the mastermind behind the plan.
    • He had been the mastermind behind the whole plan, I was sure he could get us out of all of this trouble.
    • But you need a thoroughbred forensic expert to put the pieces together, to search for the missing links, to finally point fingers at the mastermind behind a crime.

verb

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  • Plan and direct (an ingenious and complex scheme or enterprise): he was accused of masterminding a gold-smuggling racket
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    • But now the wannabe mechanic has masterminded an innovative scheme to help put both himself and other youngsters on the road to success.
    • Now we should introduce you to the man alleged to have masterminded the scheme.
    • In effect the children transformed themselves into pop impresarios - masterminding a campaign to propel a band called X-Factor into the charts and on to superstardom.
    Synonyms
    plan, control, direct, be in charge of, run, conduct, organize, arrange, preside over, orchestrate, stage-manage, engineer, manage, coordinate; conceive, devise, originate, initiate, think up, frame, hatch, come up with
    informal be the brains behind

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