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Definition of "engineer" []

  • One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering. (noun)
  • One who operates an engine. (noun)
  • One who skillfully or shrewdly manages an enterprise. (noun)
  • To plan, construct, or manage as an engineer. (verb-transitive)
  • To alter or produce by methods of genetic engineering: "Researchers . . . compared insulin manufactured by bacteria genetically engineered with recombinant DNA techniques to the commercial insulin obtained from swine or cattle” ( Fusion). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "engineer" in a sentence
  • "A train engineer is lulled to sleep by the monotony of the job and misses a signal."
  • "In contrast, the term engineer is often associated with someone called out to repair a photocopier or gas boiler, where they are often dressed in clothing that is functional rather than a suit."
  • "D. from two of the world’s finest engineering schools, a sizable handful of publications in peer-reviewed engineering and scientific journals (and a number more at large conferences), and am currently a working engineer consulting to the nuclear power industry in Ontario (where, incidentally, it is illegal for an unqualified person such as yourself to use the title engineer)."