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v. mach·i·nat·ed, mach·i·nat·ing, mach·i·nates
To devise (a scheme or plot).
To scheme or plot.
[Latin māchinārī, māchināt-, to design, contrive, from māchina, device; see machine.]
(usually tr) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)
[C17: from Latin māchinārī to plan, from māchina machine]
mach•i•nate(ˈmæk əˌneɪt, ˈmæʃ ə-)
v.i., v.t. -nat•ed, -nat•ing.
to plot, esp. with malevolent purpose.
[1590–1600; < Latin māchinātus, past participle of māchinārī to invent, devise artfully]
Past participle: machinated
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|Verb||1.||machinate - arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office"|
initiate, pioneer - take the lead or initiative in; participate in the development of; "This South African surgeon pioneered heart transplants"
put on, mount - prepare and supply with the necessary equipment for execution or performance; "mount a theater production"; "mount an attack"; "mount a play"
lay - prepare or position for action or operation; "lay a fire"; "lay the foundation for a new health care plan"
set up - begin, or enable someone else to begin, a venture by providing the means, logistics, etc.; "set up an election"
sandwich - make into a sandwich
spatchcock - prepare for eating if or as if a spatchcock; "spatchcock a guinea hen"
embattle - prepare for battle or conflict
|2.||machinate - engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government"|
coconspire - conspire together; "The two men coconspired to cover up the Federal investigation"
plot - plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow of the government"