Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To devise, with others, a plot or secret plan; to conspire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To plan; to contrive; esp., to form a scheme with the purpose of doing harm; to contrive artfully; to plot.
  • transitive v. To contrive, as a plot; to plot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To plan, contrive, or form, as a plot or scheme: as, to machinate mischief.
  • To lay plots or schemes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. arrange by systematic planning and united effort
  • v. engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together

Etymologies

Latin māchinārī, māchināt-, to design, contrive, from māchina, device; see machine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari ("to contrive, plan, devise, plot, scheme"), from machina ("a machine, contrivance, device, scheme"); see machine. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  •  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.

    Unspoken Bonds

  • Our tax dollars pay for people to sit in a room and machinate about all the likely next horrible things that could happen.

    Kimberly Brooks: What Else is on the List?

  • “No,” I said, closing my eyes and trying to machinate as Honey-ishly as possible.

    The Little Lady Agency and the Prince

  • Are you all missing the good old days when you could machinate and obfuscate all day long about Mann, the Hockey team and statistical felonies they committed?

    Quelccaya Plant Deposits Again « Climate Audit

  • As he lay gathering strength to sit up in bed, which treat had been promised him in ten days, Aladdin's mind worked hard over the future, and what he could machinate in order one day to be almost worthy to kiss the dust under Margaret's feet.

    Aladdin O'Brien

  • He would machinate with really considerable energy, and repair to a certain gallery high above the street of moving ways, from which he could view the entrance to the barrack of the Labour Company in the ward which sheltered Denton and Elizabeth.

    Tales of Space and Time

  • He neither wished for war, nor dared he machinate for it; but with all his democratic soul he loved the cause which was convulsing the world from its ferocious centre in France.

    The Conqueror

  • Good apes begat good apes, and at last when human intelligence stole like a late spring upon the mimicry of our semi - simious ancestry, the creature learnt how he could, of his own forethought, add extra-corporaneous limbs to the members of his body and become not only a vertebrate mammal, but a vertebrate machinate mammal into the bargain.

    The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

  • This event revived the hopes of the sect, who once more began to machinate against Michelangelo.

    The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • But we leave the beauteous Kate and her mischief-loving maiden, to plot and machinate against the unsuspecting lover.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)

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