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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 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 mechanical/structural 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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 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   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 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)
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