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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Synonyms & Antonyms for designing


artful, beguiling, cagey (also cagy), crafty, cunning, cute, devious, dodgy [chiefly British], foxy, guileful, scheming, shrewd, slick, sly, subtle, tricky, wily


artless, guileless, ingenuous, innocent, undesigning

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Examples of designing in a Sentence

he suspected his new admirer of being a designing woman who only wanted his money

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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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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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