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Definition of design verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    design

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they design
    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪn//
     
    he / she / it designs
    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪnz//
     
    past simple designed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪnd//
     
    past participle designed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪnd//
     
    -ing form designing
    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪnɪŋ//
     
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    draw plans
  1. 1  to decide how something will look, work, etc., especially by drawing plans or making models design something to design a car/a dress/an office a badly designed kitchen He designed and built his own house. design something for somebody/something They asked me to design a poster for the campaign. design somebody something Could you design us a poster? See related entries: Construction
  2. plan something
  3. 2  design something to think of and plan a system, a way of doing something, etc. We need to design a new syllabus for the third year.
  4. for special purpose
  5. 3  [usually passive] to make, plan or intend something for a particular purpose or use design something (for something) The method is specifically designed for use in small groups. design something (as something) This course is primarily designed as an introduction to the subject. design something to do something The programme is designed to help people who have been out of work for a long time.
  6. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb in the sense ‘to designate’): from Latin designare ‘to designate’, reinforced by French désigner. The noun is via French from Italian.Extra examples Many new performance halls are designed primarily for music. The instruments are designed for use in very cold conditions. The trail was originally designed to give our staff a quiet place to walk. The website was poorly designed. These shelves have been designed very cleverly to fit into corners. They run specially designed courses for managers. a service designed exclusively for women the first yogurt designed especially for babies and toddlers It is easy enough to design systems that work well when everything is going well. The method is specifically designed for use with small groups. These classes are primarily designed as an introduction to the subject. This is a network product designed to give access to large document libraries. We need to design a new programme for the third year. to design a dress/​an office
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