Definition of reverse-engineer in US English:

reverse-engineer

verb

[with object]
  • Examine the construction or composition of another manufacturer's product in order to create (a duplicate or similar product)

    ‘this makes it easier for rogue states to detonate or reverse-engineer these weapons’
    ‘the company discovered that someone was attempting to reverse-engineer both their hardware and software products’

Pronunciation

reverse-engineer

/rəˌvərsˌɛndʒəˈnɪr//rəˌvərsˌenjəˈnir/