AskDefine | Define machinate

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1 arrange by systematic planning and united effort; "machinate a plot"; "organize a strike"; "devise a plan to take over the director's office" [syn: organize, organise, prepare, devise, get up]
2 engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together; "They conspired to overthrow the government" [syn: conspire, cabal, complot, conjure]

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  1. (transitive or intransitive) To devise, with others, a plot or secret plan; to conspire.

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angle, brew, cabal, cogitate, collude, complot, concoct, connive, conspire, contrive, cook up, countermine, counterplot, devise, engineer, finagle, finesse, frame, frame up, gerrymander, hatch, hatch a plot, hatch up, intrigue, jockey, lay a plot, maneuver, manipulate, operate, play games, plot, pull strings, rig, scheme, wangle
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