Design - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈzaɪn|  American pronunciation of the word design
Brit.  |dɪˈzaɪn|  British pronunciation of the word design


- the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan) (syn: designing)
he contributed to the design of a new instrument
- an arrangement scheme (syn: plan)
the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult
it was an excellent design for living
- something intended as a guide for making something else (syn: blueprint, pattern)
- a decorative or artistic work (syn: figure, pattern)
the coach had a design on the doors
- an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions (syn: aim, intent, intention, purpose)
he made no secret of his designs
- a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
the design of a building
- the creation of something in the mind (syn: conception, excogitation, innovation, invention)


- make or work out a plan for; devise (syn: contrive, plan, project)
design a new sales strategy
- plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
This room is not designed for work
- create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
Chanel designed the famous suit
- make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form (syn: plan)
design a better mousetrap
- create designs
Dupont designs for the house of Chanel
- conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day
- intend or have as a purpose
She designed to go far in the world of business

Extra examples

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

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

Happiness is the natural design of all the world.

He designed the perfect crime.

She designed to excel in her studies.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: design
he/she/it: designs
present participle: designing
past tense: designed
past participle: designed
singular: design
plural: designs
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