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



    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪn//
    Construction, Describing art
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the general arrangement of the different parts of something that is made, such as a building, book, machine, etc. The basic design of the car is very similar to that of earlier models. special new design features The machine's unique design prevents it from overheating. The magazine will appear in a new design from next month. See related entries: Describing art
  2. drawing/plan/model
  3. 2  [uncountable] the art or process of deciding how something will look, work, etc. by drawing plans, making models, etc. a course in art and design a design studio computer-aided design the design and development of new products see also interior design
  4. 3  [countable] design (for something) a drawing or plan from which something may be made designs for aircraft new and original designs See related entries: Construction
  5. pattern
  6. 4  [countable] an arrangement of lines and shapes as a decoration synonym pattern floral/abstract/geometric designs The tiles come in a huge range of colours and designs.
  7. intention
  8. 5[uncountable, countable] a plan or an intention It happened—whether by accident or design—that the two of them were left alone after all the others had gone. It is all part of his grand design. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  9. Word Originlate 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 Digital design tools are essential. Had it happened by accident or by design? He set up his own software design company. He’s come up with a really good design for a solar-powered car. His grand design was to connect up every academic institution in the world. I suspected that he had some sinister designs. I’m doing a course in art and design. Last week the architect unveiled his design for a museum on Prague’s waterfront. Making the building accessible for disabled people was another major design challenge. One of our main design goals was to make the product easy to use. She’s done some design work for us in the past. Strict design standards ensure that new buildings are compatible with existing architecture. The architect put forward two alternative design concepts for the new library. The building has intricate geometric designs on several of the walls. The car wouldn’t win any design awards, but it’s very reliable. The chair she had sketched was far bigger than stipulated in the design brief. The clever design allows natural light to flood into the room. The company won an international design competition for the concert hall. The latest model incorporates some novel design features. The machine is quite simple in design. The new CAD program really speeds up the design process. The new label design provides nutrition facts. The office designs incorporate quiet rooms where employees can take a break. The other houses are built to a more conventional design. The overall design of the workspace is critical. Their new car is still at the design stage. We followed the traditional design. a car with a sleek modern design a specialist in computer-aided design a vehicle of revolutionary design an interior design magazine elements that are being included in the next design phase the architect’s designs for the cathedral trendy boutique hotels with avant-garde design themes I made this one to my very own design. It happened—whether by accident or design —that they were left alone together. It is all part of his grand design for government. It’s a simple design that hasn’t changed for centuries. Our house was built to a traditional design. Our magazine will appear in a new design from next month. The design for the new model is top secret. The design of the car is very similar to that of earlier models. The machine’s unique design prevents it from overheating. The original designs were stolen. There are several laws protecting the ownership of industrial designs. There was a basic design fault in the new computer. They have produced a design for the construction of a new bank building. We can show you several different designs for your new kitchen. What new design features does the TV have? a design flaw in a software programIdioms
    have designs on somebody
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    (formal or humorous) to want to start a sexual relationship with somebody He was quite aware of her marital designs on him.
    have designs on something
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    (formal) to be planning to get something for yourself, often in a way that other people do not approve of Rumours spread that the Duke had designs on the crown (= wanted to make himself king).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: design