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Definition of "machinate" [mach•i•nate]

  • To devise (a plot). (verb-transitive)
  • To engage in plotting. (verb-intransitive)

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 "machinate" in a sentence
  • " Here, I had no buddies to carp with, no enemies to machinate against, only a father who never liked me, and now, didn't even know me."
  • "Our tax dollars pay for people to sit in a room and machinate about all the likely next horrible things that could happen."
  • "“No,” I said, closing my eyes and trying to machinate as Honey-ishly as possible."