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Mar 30, 2012
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subsume
discomfit
begrudge
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machinate

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machinate

PRONUNCIATION:
(MAK-uh-nayt, MASH-)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To plot or scheme.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin machinari (to contrive), from machina (device). Ultimately from the Indo-European root magh- (to be able, have power), which is also the source of might, may, dismay, and magic. Earliest documented use: 1537.

USAGE:
"Most storylines in The Bold and the Beautiful revolve around characters who manipulate and machinate for love and money."
Christina Hoag; Skid Row Featured in Soap Opera; AP (New York); Jun 12, 2011

See more usage examples of machinate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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