Meaning of ENGINEER in English


I. en ‧ gi ‧ neer 1 S3 W3 /ˌendʒəˈnɪə, ˌendʒɪˈnɪə $ -ˈnɪr/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . someone whose job is to design or build roads, bridges, machines etc

mechanical/electrical/software etc engineer

He trained as a civil engineer (=one who designs and builds roads, bridges etc) .

2 . someone whose job is to take care of the engines on a ship or aircraft

3 . British English someone whose job is to repair electrical equipment or machines

service/maintenance engineer

4 . American English someone whose job is driving a train

II. engineer 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to make something happen by skilful secret planning:

powerful enemies who engineered his downfall

Perhaps she could engineer a meeting between them?

2 . to change the ↑ genetic structure of a plant, animal etc SYN genetically modify :

the dangers of engineering native plants

genetically engineered crops

3 . [often passive] technical to design and plan the building of roads, bridges, machines, etc

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.