American English

Definition of design verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they design
    he / she / it designs
    past simple designed
    -ing form designing
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    draw plans
  1. 1to 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?
  2. plan something
  3. 2design something to think of and plan a system, a way of doing something, etc. The teacher had to design a brand-new syllabus for the class.
  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 program is designed to help people who have been out of work for a long time.
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