Meaning of “architect” in the English Dictionary

"architect" in British English

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architectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑː.kɪ.tekt/ us /ˈɑːr.kə.tekt/

B1 a person whose job is to design new buildings and make certain that they are built correctly

a person responsible for achieving a particular plan or aim:

Bevan was the architect of the British National Health Service.

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  • After years of study, Tim is now a fully-fledged architect.
  • The architect has quoted £3000 to build an extension.
  • She is a highly recommended architect.
  • He is probably the best known living architect.
  • The architect showed us the house plans that she had drawn up.
  • They're the firm of architects who won the contract to design the National Museum extension.
  • The architects have made imaginative use of glass and transparent plastic.

(Definition of “architect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"architect" in American English

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architectnoun [ C ]

us /ˈɑr·kɪˌtekt/

a person who designs new buildings and is responsible for how they are built:

Doug and Wendy worked with an architect to create their dream home.
fig. President Roosevelt was the architect of the New Deal during the Great Depression.

(Definition of “architect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"architect" in Business English

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architectnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɑːkɪtekt/ us PROPERTY

someone whose job is to design buildings:

He worked with the building's architect to make the new office as green as his budget would allow.

someone who designs a plan and puts it into operation:

With a reputation as a tough cost cutter, he was the architect of the recent turnarounds at both companies.

(Definition of “architect” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)