a person trained and skilled in the design, construction, and use of engines or machines, or in any of various branches of engineering: a mechanical engineer; a civil engineer.
a person who operates or is in charge of an engine.
Also called locomotive engineer. Railroads. a person who operates or is in charge of a locomotive.
a member of an army, navy, or air force specially trained in engineering work.
a skillful manager: a political engineer.
verb (used with object)
to plan, construct, or manage as an engineer: He's engineered several big industrial projects.
to design or create using the techniques or methods of engineering: The motor has been engineered to run noiselessly.
to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful contrivance: He certainly engineered the election campaign beautifully.

1350–1400; engine + -eer; replacing Middle English engin(e)our < Anglo-French engineor Old French engigneor < Medieval Latin ingeniātor, equivalent to ingeniā(re) to design, devise (verbal derivative of ingenium; see engine) + Latin -tor -tor

subengineer, noun
unengineered, adjective
well-engineered, adjective Unabridged
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engineer (ˌɛndʒɪˈnɪə)
1.  a person trained in any branch of the profession of engineering
2.  the originator or manager of a situation, system, etc
3.  a mechanic; person who repairs or services machines
4.  (US), (Canadian) the driver of a railway locomotive
5.  an officer responsible for a ship's engines
6.  Informal name: sapper a member of the armed forces, esp the army, trained in engineering and construction work
7.  to originate, cause, or plan in a clever or devious manner: he engineered the minister's downfall
8.  to design, plan, or construct as a professional engineer
[C14: enginer, from Old French engigneor, from engignier to contrive, ultimately from Latin ingenium skill, talent; see engine]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "constructor of military engines," from O.Fr. engigneor, from L.L. ingeniare (see engine); general sense of "inventor, designer" is recorded from early 15c.; civil sense, in ref. to public works, is recorded from c.1600. Meaning "locomotive driver" is first attested
1832, Amer.Eng. The verb is attested from 1843; figurative sense of "arrange, contrive" is attested from 1864, originally in a political context. Related: Engineered. Engineering as a field of study is attested from 1792; an earlier word was engineership (1640s). Engineery was attempted in 1793, but it did not stick.
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Example sentences
So bikers, play informant for your architect, designer or engineer friends and
  all you biking architects out there get busy.
Its aim is to engineer organisms that perform functions of use to humans.
There it's an honour to be an engineer instead of an investment banker.
Or your plumber, pastor, and that quiet chemical engineer down the street.
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