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"engineer" in British English

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engineernoun [C]

uk   /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪər/  us   /-ˈnɪr/
A2 a ​person whose ​job is to ​design or ​buildmachines, ​engines, or ​electricalequipment, or things such as ​roads, ​railways, or ​bridges, using ​scientificprinciples: a civil engineer a mechanical/​structural engineer a software engineer a ​person whose ​job is to ​repair or ​controlmachines, ​engines, or ​electricalequipment: a ​computer engineer The engineer is coming to ​repairourphonetomorrowmorning. US (UK engine driver) a ​traindriver

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engineerverb [T]

uk   /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪər/  us   /-ˈnɪr/
(Definition of engineer from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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engineernoun [C]

 us   /ˌen·dʒəˈnɪər/
  • engineer noun [C] (PERSON)

a ​personspeciallytrained to ​design and ​buildmachines, ​structures, and other things, ​includingbridges, ​roads, ​vehicles, and ​buildings: He is an engineer at a ​largeelectronicscompany. An engineer is also a ​person whose ​job is to ​driverailroadtrains.

engineerverb [T]

 us   /ˌen·dʒəˈnɪər/
  • engineer verb [T] (DESIGN OR BUILD)

to ​plan, ​design, or ​buildaccording to ​scientificprinciples: 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.
(Definition of engineer from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"engineer" in Business English

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engineernoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌendʒɪˈnɪər/
PRODUCTION a ​person whose ​job is to ​design or ​buildmachines, ​engines or ​electricalequipment, or things such as roads, ​railways or bridges, using scientific ​principles: This is high-quality ​technicalconsultancyperformed by ​highlytrained engineers.design/mining engineer James Dyson is arguably Britain's best-known ​design engineer of modern ​times.
WORKPLACE a ​person whose ​job is to ​repair or ​controlmachines, ​engines or ​electricalequipment: aservice/​telephone/heating engineer

engineerverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌendʒɪˈnɪər/
PRODUCTION to ​design and ​build something using scientific ​principles: If you tell us the ​size of the ​part that you need, we will engineer it to ​fit.
to ​try to ​arrange for something to ​happen, usually something complicated or difficult: The more ​restrictiveeconomicenvironment comes as ​part of China's ​effort to engineer a gradual ​slowdown of its ​economicboom.
(Definition of engineer from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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