engineer Definition

a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works.

Using engineer: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "engineer" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He is an engineer at a car company.

  • Example

    She studied to become a civil engineer.

  • Example

    The bridge was designed by a team of engineers.

  • Example

    The software engineer fixed the bug in the program.

engineer Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for engineer

Idioms Using engineer

  • someone who causes their own failure or downfall through their actions or decisions


    By refusing to listen to advice, he became the engineer of his own downfall.

  • to design or create a solution to a problem


    The team of engineers worked together to engineer a solution to the design flaw.

  • to analyze and understand the design and function of a product or system, often for the purpose of creating a copy or improving it


    The company reverse engineered their competitor's product to create a better version.

Phrases with engineer

  • an engineer who designs and builds mechanical systems and devices


    He is a mechanical engineer who specializes in designing engines.

  • an engineer who designs and develops software programs and applications


    She works as a software engineer for a tech company.

  • civil engineer

    an engineer who designs and oversees the construction of public works, such as roads, bridges, and buildings


    The civil engineer inspected the construction site to ensure safety standards were met.

Origins of engineer

from Latin 'ingeniator', meaning 'contriver'


Summary: engineer in Brief

An 'engineer' [ˌendʒɪˈnɪər] is a person who designs, builds, or maintains engines, machines, or public works. This includes mechanical, software, and civil engineers, who specialize in different areas. Phrases like 'mechanical engineer' and 'software engineer' denote specific fields of engineering. Idioms like 'engineer a solution' and 'reverse engineer' refer to designing or analyzing solutions to problems.

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