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

  • n. A highly intelligent person, especially one who plans and directs a complex or difficult project: the mastermind of a robbery.
  • transitive v. To direct, plan, or supervise (a project or activity).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person with an extraordinary intellect or skill that is markedly superior to his or her peers.
  • n. A person responsible for the highest level of planning and execution of a major operation.
  • v. To act in the role of mastermind.

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

  • n. someone who creates new things
  • v. plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
  • n. someone who has exceptional intellectual ability and originality

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