designing

adjective
de·​sign·​ing | \ di-ˈzī-niŋ How to pronounce designing (audio) \

Definition of designing

1 : practicing forethought
2 : crafty, scheming falling into the snares of a designing enemy— Charles Dickens

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he suspected his new admirer of being a designing woman who only wanted his money
Recent Examples on the Web In the 1960s, the computing pioneer Grace Murray Hopper would hand out 11.8-inch lengths of wire to illustrate how designing smaller electronic parts would create faster computers. John Markoff, New York Times, "Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants," 29 June 2018 In the 1960s, the computing pioneer Grace Murray Hopper would hand out 11.8-inch lengths of wire to illustrate how designing smaller electronic parts would create faster computers. John Markoff, New York Times, "Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of designing

1641, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of designing was in 1641

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“Designing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/designing. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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designing

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English Language Learners Definition of designing

old-fashioned : having plans to get something in a way that is not honest or fair

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