Etymology
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machinate (v.)

c. 1600, "to lay plots, intrigue," a back-formation from machination, or else from Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari "to contrive skillfully; to design, scheme, plot." Transitive sense of "to plan, contrive, form (a plot, scheme, etc.)" also is from c. 1600. Related: Machinated; machinating; machinator.

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Definitions of machinate

machinate (v.)
arrange by systematic planning and united effort;
machinate a plot
Synonyms: organize / organise / prepare / devise / get up
machinate (v.)
engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together;
Synonyms: conspire / cabal / complot / conjure
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