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Definition of 'design'


  1. the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); "he contributed to the design of a new instrument"
       Synonyms: designing
  2. an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
       Synonyms: plan
  3. something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
       Synonyms: blueprint pattern
  4. a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors"
       Synonyms: pattern figure
  5. an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
       Synonyms: purpose intent intention aim
  6. a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the design of a building"
  7. the creation of something in the mind
       Synonyms: invention innovation excogitation conception


  1. make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
       Synonyms: plan project contrive
  2. design something for a specific role or purpose or effect; "This room is not designed for work"
  3. create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; "Chanel designed the famous suit"
  4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"
       Synonyms: plan
  5. create designs; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  6. conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  7. intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business"

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