Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

to engineer (something)

engineer something
Meaning(s)
1) skillfully/covertly arrange for something to happen
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    • engineer a move away/business deal/meeting
  • Analysis

    An engineer is someone whose job it is to design and construct machines, engines, vehicles, railways, roads or electrical items. An engineer can also be someone his job it is to fix or repair any of these things or to be in control of an electrical system or a train. The verb to engineer means to arrange something carefully and to your advantage. It can also mean to design and build something.


  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The footballer was accused of trying to engineer a move away from the club when reports emerged that his representatives had secretly met with the owners of a rival team.
    2. I know you really like Ahmed, so I'm going to try to engineer a way for you to be alone with him at the party.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Due to her experience and expertise, Christina was tasked with engineering a business deal with the South American company as they were notoriously difficult to negotiate with. 
    2. We are engineering some solutions to cut down on processing time in the factory.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Tom engineered a meeting between the conflicting department heads so that they could sit down and thrash out the details of the impending merger.
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