de·​sign·​ing di-ˈzī-niŋ How to pronounce designing (audio)
: practicing forethought
: crafty, scheming
falling into the snares of a designing enemyCharles Dickens

Examples of designing in a Sentence

a fraudulent scheme contrived by a group of greedy and designing people
Recent Examples on the Web That means giving up or sharing power and privilege and doing the hard work of listening and co-designing solutions with the marginalized groups. Setche Kwamu-Nana, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2020 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, 29 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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