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design

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1 a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective

  • she always achieves her objective by design rather than by luck
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2 a secret plan for accomplishing evil or unlawful ends

  • the thief had devised an elaborate design to get the invaluable artwork
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3 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish

  • my design in writing to you is to ask for your support
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name of the game

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4 a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric)

  • the curtains have a lovely floral design
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5 the way in which the elements of something (as a work of art) are arranged

  • the design of the buildingʼs lobby encourages the free flow of traffic
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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

design

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1 to have in mind as a purpose or goal

  • early on she had designed to a top position in a major insurance company
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aim, allow [chiefly Southern & Midland], aspire, calculate, contemplate, go [chiefly Southern & Midland], intend, look, mean, meditate, plan, propose, purport, purpose

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figure on

2 to work out the details of (something) in advance

  • the foreman designed a better layout for the factory floor to improve efficiency
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