Meaning of “engineer” in the English Dictionary

"engineer" in British English

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engineernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪər/ us /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪr/

A2 a person whose job is to design or build machines, engines, or electrical equipment, or things such as roads, railways, or bridges, using scientific principles:

a civil engineer
a software engineer

a person whose job is to repair or control machines, engines, or electrical equipment:

a computer engineer
The engineer is coming to repair our phone tomorrow morning.

US UK engine driver a train driver

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engineerverb [ T ]

uk /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪər/ us /ˌen.dʒɪˈnɪr/

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

"engineer" in American English

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engineernoun [ C ]

us /ˌen·dʒəˈnɪər/

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.

engineerverb [ T ]

us /ˌen·dʒəˈnɪər/

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.

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

"engineer" in Business English

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engineernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌendʒɪˈnɪər/ us

PRODUCTION a person whose job is to design or build machines, engines or electrical equipment, or things such as roads, railways or bridges, using scientific principles:

This is high-quality technical consultancy performed by highly trained 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 control machines, engines or electrical equipment:

a service/telephone/heating engineer

engineerverb [ T ]

uk /ˌendʒɪˈnɪər/ us

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 restrictive economic environment comes as part of China's effort to engineer a gradual slowdown of its economic boom.

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