verb (used with or without object), mach·i·nat·ed, mach·i·nat·ing.
- to contrive or plot, especially artfully or with evil purpose: to machinate the overthrow of the government.
- (usually tr) to contrive, plan, or devise (schemes, plots, etc)
v.“lay plots, intrigue,” c.1600, a back-formation from machination, or else from Latin machinatus, past participle of machinari (see machination). Related: Machinated; machinating; machinator.