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engineer

noun [C]  /ˌen·dʒəˈnɪər/ us  

engineer noun [C] (PERSON)

a person specially trained to design and build machines, structures, and other things, including bridges, roads, vehicles, and buildings: He is an engineer at a large electronics company. An engineer is also a person whose job is to drive railroad trains.

engineer

verb [T]  /ˌen·dʒəˈnɪər/ us  

engineer verb [T] (DESIGN OR BUILD)

to plan, design, or build according to scientific principles: The bridge is engineered to withstand an earthquake.

engineer verb [T] (PLAN SKILLFULLY)

to plan or do something in a skillful way: The administration engineered a compromise.
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