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English definition of “reverse engineering”

reverse engineering

noun [U]    
PRODUCTION, IT the process of studying another company's product to see how it is made, sometimes in order to be able to copy it: The software is then copied using a reverse engineering technique. The country's pharmaceutical industry now supplies sophisticated drugs at low prices, having mastered the techniques of reverse engineering.
reverse engineer verb [T]
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