by design


: according to plan : by intention
The motor is loud by design.

Examples of by design in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Mitchell, that was very much by design. Joe Otterson, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 Altman, unusually for a CEO, but by design, had no equity in the company. Bysteve Mollman, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2023 So, as much by default as by design, the symbolic gateway has become a place of remembrance, pilgrimage and celebration. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 That, said Giuseppe Pezzini, a University of Oxford fellow and Tolkien expert hired to serve as the exhibition’s consultant, was by design. Stefano Pitrelli, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2023 This was partly by design—Square wanted Mario RPG to sell better outside of Japan than its other games had, and Japanese game developers in the '80s and '90s regularly assumed that their games would need to be toned down in difficulty for a US audience. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023 Our list—eclectic on purpose; a snapshot by design—is not meant to be comprehensive. Jena McGregor, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The songs were catchy by design, even if the lyrics were irrelevant to the artist or, in some cases, nonsense. Chris Stover, CBS News, 13 Nov. 2023 Get The Recipe 31 of 40 Snowflake Sugar Cookies These classic sugar cookies are intricate by design, but easy enough to make for first-time cookie decorators. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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“By design.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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