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1. One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.
2. One who operates an engine.
3. One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise.
tr.v. en·gi·neered, en·gi·neer·ing, en·gi·neers
1. To plan, construct, or manage as an engineer.
2. To alter or produce by methods of genetic engineering: bacteria that are genetically engineered to produce insulin.
3. To plan, manage, and bring about by skillful acts or contrivance: engineer a business takeover; engineer social changes by legislation.

[Middle English enginour, from Old French engigneor, from Medieval Latin ingeniātor, contriver, from ingeniāre, to contrive, from Latin ingenium, ability; see engine.]


1. (General Engineering) a person trained in any branch of the profession of engineering
2. the originator or manager of a situation, system, etc
3. (Mechanical Engineering) a mechanic; person who repairs or services machines
4. (Railways) US and Canadian the driver of a railway locomotive
5. (Nautical Terms) an officer responsible for a ship's engines
6. (Military) Informal name: sapper a member of the armed forces, esp the army, trained in engineering and construction work
vb (tr)
7. to originate, cause, or plan in a clever or devious manner: he engineered the minister's downfall.
8. (General Engineering) to design, plan, or construct as a professional engineer
[C14: enginer, from Old French engigneor, from engignier to contrive, ultimately from Latin ingenium skill, talent; see engine]


(ˌɛn dʒəˈnɪər)

1. a person trained and skilled in any of various branches of engineering: a civil engineer.
2. a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines.
3. a person who operates or is in charge of an engine or locomotive.
4. a member of an army, navy, or air force specially trained in engineering work.
5. a skillful manager: a political engineer.
6. to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer.
7. to alter or create by means of genetic engineering.
8. to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance.
[1350–1400; < Old French engigneor < Medieval Latin ingeniātor, derivative of ingeniāre to design, devise (v. derivative of ingenium; see engine)]


engine driver
1. 'engineer'

An engineer is a skilled person who uses scientific knowledge to design and construct machinery, electrical devices, or roads and bridges.

He trained as a civil engineer and worked on the M4 motorway.
...a brilliant young mining engineer.

An engineer is also a person who repairs mechanical or electrical devices.

The telephone engineer can't come until Wednesday.

In American English, a person who drives a train is also called an engineer.

An engineer pulled his freight train into a siding.
2. 'engine driver'

In British English, a person who drives a train is called an engine driver.

Every little boy has an ambition to be an engine driver.


Past participle: engineered
Gerund: engineering

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Past Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problemsengineer - a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
aeronautical engineer - an engineer concerned with the design and construction of aircraft
aerospace engineer - an engineer of aircraft and space vehicles
army engineer, military engineer - a member of the military who is trained in engineering and construction work
automotive engineer - an engineer concerned with the design and construction of automobiles
civil engineer - an engineer trained to design and construct and maintain public works (roads or bridges or harbors etc.)
electrical engineer - a person trained in practical applications of the theory of electricity
marine engineer, naval engineer - a naval officer responsible for the operation and maintenance of the ship's engines
mechanical engineer - a person trained to design and construct machines
metallurgical engineer, metallurgist - an engineer trained in the extraction and refining and alloying and fabrication of metals
mining engineer - an engineer concerned with the construction and operation of mines
coder, computer programmer, programmer, software engineer - a person who designs and writes and tests computer programs
rocket engineer, rocket scientist - an engineer who builds and tests rockets
surveyor - an engineer who determines the boundaries and elevations of land or structures - the operator of a railway locomotiveengineer - the operator of a railway locomotive
manipulator, operator - an agent that operates some apparatus or machine; "the operator of the switchboard" - design as an engineer; "He engineered the water supply project"
design, plan - make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum" - plan and direct (a complex undertaking)engineer - plan and direct (a complex undertaking); "he masterminded the robbery"
plan - make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family"
choreograph - plan and oversee the development and details of; "The meeting between the two Presidents had been carefully choreographed"


2. worker, specialist, operator, practitioner, operative, driver, conductor, technician, handler, skilled employee They sent a service engineer to repair the disk drive.
1. design, plan, create, construct, devise, originate Many of Kuwait's freeways were engineered by W. S. Atkins.
2. bring about, plan, control, cause, effect, manage, set up (informal), scheme, arrange, plot, manoeuvre, encompass, mastermind, orchestrate, contrive, concoct, wangle (informal), finagle (informal) Some people believe that his murder was engineered by Stalin.


To make, achieve, or get through contrivance or guile:
Informal: finagle, wangle.
مُهَنْدِسمُهَندِس آلاتمُهَنْدِس مَدَنييُدَبِّر بِمَهارَه ودَهاءسائِق قِطار
koma fram meî lagni/kænskulestarstjóri; eimreiîarstjórivélstjóriverkfræîingur
inžinierlodný inžinierzosnovať
mühendisustaca tertiplemekçarkçıinşaat mühendisimakinist
kỹ sư


A. Ningeniero/a m/f; (for repairs) → técnico/a m/f (US) (Rail) → maquinista mf
ship's engineeringeniero/a m/f naval
electrical/TV engineertécnico/a m/f electricista/de televisión
the Royal Engineers (Mil) → el Cuerpo de Ingenieros
B. VT (= contrive) [+ plan] → maquinar; [+ meeting] → organizar


(with degree in engineering)ingénieur mf
He's an engineer → Il est ingénieur.
(British) (= repairman) → réparateur/trice m/f
(US)mécanicien/ienne m/f
(= skilled worker) mechanical engineer → ingénieur m/f mécanicien(ne)
central heating engineer → chauffagiste mf
telephone engineer → technicien(ne) m/f des télécommunications
(= orchestrate) [+ meeting, coup] → manigancer; [+ situation] → créer
(= build) [+ bridge, ship, road] → construire


(Tech) → Techniker(in) m(f); (with university degree etc) → Ingenieur(in) m(f); the Engineers (Mil) → die Pioniere pl
(Naut, on merchant ships) → Maschinist(in) m(f); (in Navy) → (Schiffs)ingenieur(in) m(f)
(US Rail) → Lokführer(in) m(f)
(fig, of scheme) → Arrangeur(in) m(f)
(Tech) → konstruieren
(fig) election, campaign, couporganisieren; downfall, plotarrangieren, einfädeln; success, victoryin die Wege leiten; (Sport) goaleinfädeln; to engineer a schemeeinen Plan aushecken


1. n (gen) → ingegnere m; (mechanic) → meccanico (Brit) (for electrical appliances) → tecnico (Naut) (Am) (Rail) → macchinista m
civil/mechanical engineer → ingegnere civile/meccanico
the Engineers (Mil) → il Genio
2. vt (contrive) → architettare, organizzare


(ˈendʒin) noun
1. a machine in which heat or other energy is used to produce motion. The car has a new engine.
2. a railway engine. He likes to sit in a seat facing the engine.
ˈengine-driver noun
a person who drives a railway engine.
ˌengiˈneer noun
1. a person who designs, makes, or works with, machinery. an electrical engineer.
2. (usually civil engineer) a person who designs, constructs, or maintains roads, railways, bridges, sewers etc.
3. an officer who manages a ship's engines.
4. (American) an engine-driver.
to arrange by skill or by cunning means. He engineered my promotion.
ˌengiˈneering noun
the art or profession of an engineer. He is studying engineering at university.


مُهَنْدِس inženýr ingeniør Techniker μηχανικός ingeniero insinööri ingénieur inženjer ingegnere 技師 기술자 ingenieur ingeniør inżynier engenheiro инженер ingenjör วิศวกร mühendis kỹ sư 工程师
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