Meaning of “machinations” in the English Dictionary

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"machinations" in British English

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machinationsnoun [ plural ]

uk /ˌmæʃ.ɪˈneɪ.ʃənz/ /ˌmæk.ɪˈneɪ.ʃənz/ us /ˌmæʃ.əˈneɪ.ʃənz/ /ˌmæk.əˈneɪ.ʃənz/

complicated and secret plans to get power or control or to gain an advantage:

Despite a commitment to a more open government, the public is still being kept in the dark about the inner machinations of the Cabinet.

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

"machinations" in American English

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machinationsplural noun

us /ˌmæk·əˈneɪ·ʃənz, ˌmæʃ-/

complicated and secret plans, esp. in obtaining or using power:

She complained about the machinations political candidates employed to win.

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