1. One who designs and supervises the construction of buildings or other large structures.
2. One that plans, devises, or organizes something: a country that was the war's chief architect.
tr.v. ar·chi·tect·ed, ar·chi·tect·ing, ar·chi·tects
To plan, organize, and bring to fruition: architected a web-based application.
[Latin architectus, from Greek arkhitektōn : arkhi-, archi- + tektōn, builder; see teks- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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