design

verb
de·​sign | \ di-ˈzīn How to pronounce design (audio) \
designed; designing; designs

Definition of design

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan : devise, contrive design a system for tracking inventory
2a : to conceive and plan out in the mind he designed the perfect crime
b : to have as a purpose : intend she designed to excel in her studies
c : to devise for a specific function or end a book designed primarily as a college textbook a suitcase designed to hold a laptop computer
3 archaic : to indicate with a distinctive mark, sign, or name
4a : to make a drawing, pattern, or sketch of … a curious woman whose dresses always looked as if they had been designed in a rage …— Oscar Wilde
b : to draw the plans for design a building designing a new bike

intransitive verb

1 : to conceive or execute a plan
2 : to draw, lay out, or prepare a design was trained to design for homes and offices

design

noun

Definition of design (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a particular purpose or intention held in view by an individual or group He has ambitious designs for his son.
b : deliberate purposive planning more by accident than design
2 : a mental project or scheme in which means to an end are laid down was never part of my design
3a : a deliberate undercover project or scheme : plot a declaration of a design upon his life— John Locke
b designs plural : aggressive or evil intent used with on or against he has designs on the money
4 : a preliminary sketch or outline showing the main features of something to be executed the design for the new stadium
5a : an underlying scheme that governs functioning, developing, or unfolding : pattern, motif the general design of the epic
b : a plan or protocol for carrying out or accomplishing something (such as a scientific experiment) also : the process of preparing this
6 : the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art … his sense of structure, both in the general design of Paradise Lost and Samson, and in his syntax …— T. S. Eliot
7 : a decorative pattern a floral design
8 : the creative art of executing aesthetic or functional designs studied design in college

Other Words from design

Verb

designedly \ di-​ˈzī-​nəd-​lē How to pronounce design (audio) \ adverb

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Noun

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about. announced his intention to marry intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness. the clear intent of the statute purpose suggests a more settled determination. being successful was her purpose in life design implies a more carefully calculated plan. the order of events came by accident, not design aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing. her aim was to raise film to an art form end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such. willing to use any means to achieve his end object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need. his constant object was the achievement of pleasure objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable. their objective is to seize the oil fields goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship. worked years to reach her goals

plan, design, plot, scheme, project mean a method devised for making or doing something or achieving an end. plan always implies mental formulation and sometimes graphic representation. plans for a house design often suggests a particular pattern and some degree of achieved order or harmony. a design for a new dress plot implies a laying out in clearly distinguished sections with attention to their relations and proportions. the plot of the play scheme stresses calculation of the end in view and may apply to a plan motivated by craftiness and self-interest. a scheme to defraud the government project often stresses imaginative scope and vision. a project to develop the waterfront

Examples of design in a Sentence

Verb A team of engineers designed the new engine. Who designed the book's cover? He designed the chair to adjust automatically. They thought they could design the perfect crime. design a strategy for battle Noun There are problems with the design of the airplane's landing gear. I like the design of the textbook. I love the sculpture's design. The machine had a flawed design. the design and development of new products Correcting mistakes is part of the design process. a number of design concepts See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb During the pandemic, Hughes was helping Parker design her New York City home when the idea of a wallpaper collaboration came to him. Emily Strohm, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 So where does design thinking come into the recruiting process, and how can one leverage this approach? Paolo Confino, Fortune, 19 Sep. 2022 Adobe products such as Photoshop and Illustrator are almost essential tools for people who design marketing materials and magazines. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 18 Sep. 2022 Veronica Beard the brand is made up of two Veronica Beards—sister-in-laws Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard—who design sophisticated, everyday pieces that’ll soon become closet workhorses. Lauren Caruso, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Sep. 2022 Our City podcast, residents lay out their concerns and the research expert who helped design the poll explains how reliable and meaningful these results are. Fixing Our City Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2022 Business leaders should not ignore the risks their products might pose to teens and should proactively address these risks and design their products with their most vulnerable potential users in mind. Eric Reicin, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 Plaid is everywhere in the fall, so why not design them on your nails? Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 17 Aug. 2022 In what ways can design inform or help conversations around the climate? Leah Dolan, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The hood, a custom French plaster design, mirrors the angular build of the island, while subtly camouflaging against the backsplash. Vaishnavi Nayel Talawadekar, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2022 Color is a subtle way to introduce a season into your decor, and this pack of kitchen towels features a two-color design with classic stripes. Carly Totten, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 The device is a bigger variant of the Apple Watch Series 8, featuring a brand new design and various new capabilities catered to specific use cases. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Sep. 2022 The dispute began in May following the release of the Adilette 22 sandals, which bear resemblance to West's Yeezy slides — both are available in neutral tones, have a chunky slide sandal design and are sold at similar price range. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 27 Sep. 2022 Nothing showcases the danger of such a design better than a literal rug pull by Neitherconfirm, who issued an NFT collection and then changed the images linked with tokens to pictures of rugs. Max Thake, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2022 Inside, heavy-duty Silverados adopt a new dashboard design with prominent digital displays. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 26 Sep. 2022 Make a kitchen staple more personal by picking a watercolor design that aligns with her birth month. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 23 Sep. 2022 Choose a design that represents your brand or business. Custom Stickers, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of design

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Noun

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for design

Verb and Noun

Middle English, to outline, indicate, mean, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French designer to designate, from Medieval Latin designare, from Latin, to mark out, from de- + signare to mark — more at sign

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design

verb
de·​sign | \ di-ˈzīn How to pronounce design (audio) \
designed; designing

Kids Definition of design

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to think up and plan out in the mind Our engineers have designed a new engine.
2 : to set apart for or have as a special purpose : intend The Web site is designed for fun.
3 : to make a pattern or sketch of She designs clothes.

design

noun

Kids Definition of design (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an arrangement of parts in a structure or a work of art The design of the house suits a large family.
2 : the art or process of planning and creating something His job is Web page design.
3 : a sketch, model, or plan of something made or to be made Architects studied the design for the building.
4 : a decorative pattern
6 : a planned intention As if by design, they both stopped at the same spot …— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee
7 : a secret purpose : plot I know you have designs on my money.

design

noun
de·​sign | \ di-ˈzīn How to pronounce design (audio) \

Medical Definition of design

: a plan or protocol for carrying out or accomplishing something (especially a scientific experiment) also : the process of preparing this

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