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I want to use a verb to describe a person who is responsible for doing something, and the person is also the leader, organizer or initiator of doing a project or something.

Checking the dictionary, it seems I can't say:

He leads to build this website.

So, my question is that is there any verb to describe the meaning as above? For example:

He [verb] (to) build/building this website.

Feel appreciated for your help.

  • For your specific example I'd say "He leads this website's construction" or "He's the website's architect." Do you want a word that can be used more generally? – nnnnnn Nov 2 '19 at 6:36
  • Managers get a bum rap, but the verb manage fits this need quite well. The world of website construction is replete with project managers and product managers. – High Performance Mark Nov 2 '19 at 8:11
  • @nnnnnn yes I want a word generally. Thanks, your expression is close what I want. I want to also say I lead the campaign of the revolution. – DennisLi Nov 2 '19 at 9:06
  • The verbs "direct" or "helm" might fit? Helm is a metaphor from ship's captain. – Stuart F Nov 4 '19 at 12:02
  • @StuartF Thanks a lot, it fits! – DennisLi Nov 5 '19 at 2:05
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A verb that can take on the several meanings expressed in the question is engineer:

[Merriam-Webster]
1 : to lay out, construct, or manage as an engineer
// engineer a bridge
2 a : to contrive or plan out usually with more or less subtle skill and craft
// engineer a business deal
2 b : to guide the course of
// engineer a rally

Somebody who engineers something is generally somebody who plans or initiates it, and is often also the person who oversees it to completion.


Using this word, the sentence in the question would become the following:

He is engineering this website.

In that sentence, as with most involving engineer, there is no need to also use the verb build; engineer includes the sense of build, so adding it would be redundant.

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  • I don't think engineer is an exact fit even if it's in a similar area. In a technical context (software, architecture/building, product design, etc), it refers to someone who's specifically responsible for the technical side of the design, rather than the high-level vision or overall control. And in non-technical contexts there's something a bit nefarious or manipulative about it, as in sense 2a you give. – Stuart F Nov 4 '19 at 12:00
  • @StuartF How is a website not technical? – Jason Bassford Nov 4 '19 at 14:10
  • Is a book technical? Is a magazine? It depends on the context. And if you're looking at a website from a technical point of view, the engineer would most likely be the person who writes the software or maintains the hardware, not the person who has overall control over content. – Stuart F Nov 4 '19 at 16:12
  • @StuartF Anybody who creates and maintains a website will be doing something technical. Just as a publisher of a book will be doing something technical. The content placed on the website (or in a book) might not be considered technical—assuming a distinction is made between technical and artistic. And if you're building something, as in the question, that's technical. – Jason Bassford Nov 4 '19 at 16:44
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He is in charge of building the website. He heads the building of the website.

These do not imply that he initiated the project, only that he is its manager.

The website is his baby.

This is a joking way of saying that he conceived it, he is in charge of the project, and he might react irrationally if the project is threatened.

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  • I thought of a word closer to what the OP wants, but it had fled my mind by the time I started writing my answer. – Anton Sherwood Nov 3 '19 at 21:29
  • Thanks, head seems to fit – DennisLi Nov 4 '19 at 6:02
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As in:

He authored this website.

to author verb TFD

To write or construct (an electronic document or system): authored the company's website.

An author (v. a writer) is an originator or creator, involved in a piece of a work from start to finish and generating the ideas behind it.

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  • I can tolerate “he authored this website” but not “he authored the building this website”. – Anton Sherwood Nov 3 '19 at 21:30
  • @AntonSherwood my bad! – lbf Nov 3 '19 at 21:38
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Would Orchestrated fit the bill?

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