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design

[dih-zahyn] /dɪˈzaɪn/
verb (used with object)
1.
to prepare the preliminary sketch or the plans for (a work to be executed), especially to plan the form and structure of:
to design a new bridge.
2.
to plan and fashion artistically or skillfully.
3.
to intend for a definite purpose:
a scholarship designed for foreign students.
4.
to form or conceive in the mind; contrive; plan:
The prisoner designed an intricate escape.
5.
to assign in thought or intention; purpose:
He designed to be a doctor.
6.
Obsolete. to mark out, as by a sign; indicate.
verb (used without object)
7.
to make drawings, preliminary sketches, or plans.
8.
to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc.
noun
9.
an outline, sketch, or plan, as of the form and structure of a work of art, an edifice, or a machine to be executed or constructed.
10.
organization or structure of formal elements in a work of art; composition.
11.
the combination of details or features of a picture, building, etc.; the pattern or motif of artistic work:
the design on a bracelet.
12.
the art of designing:
a school of design.
13.
a plan or project:
a design for a new process.
14.
a plot or intrigue, especially an underhand, deceitful, or treacherous one:
His political rivals formulated a design to unseat him.
15.
designs, a hostile or aggressive project or scheme having evil or selfish motives:
He had designs on his partner's stock.
16.
intention; purpose; end.
17.
adaptation of means to a preconceived end.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English designen < Latin dēsignāre to mark out. See de-, sign
Related forms
outdesign, verb (used with object)
overdesign, verb
predesign, verb (used with object)
redesign, verb
self-design, noun
underdesign, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
5. See intend. 13. See plan.
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British Dictionary definitions for de sign

design

/dɪˈzaɪn/
verb
1.
to work out the structure or form of (something), as by making a sketch, outline, pattern, or plans
2.
to plan and make (something) artistically or skilfully
3.
(transitive) to form or conceive in the mind; invent
4.
(transitive) to intend, as for a specific purpose; plan
5.
(transitive) (obsolete) to mark out or designate
noun
6.
a plan, sketch, or preliminary drawing
7.
the arrangement or pattern of elements or features of an artistic or decorative work: the design of the desk is Chippendale
8.
a finished artistic or decorative creation
9.
the art of designing
10.
a plan, scheme, or project
11.
an end aimed at or planned for; intention; purpose
12.
(often pl; often foll by on or against) a plot or hostile scheme, often to gain possession of (something) by illegitimate means
13.
a coherent or purposeful pattern, as opposed to chaos: God's design appears in nature
14.
(philosophy) argument from design, another name for teleological argument
Derived Forms
designable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēsignāre to mark out, describe, from de- + signāre to mark, from signum a mark, sign
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Word Origin and History for de sign

design

v.

1540s, from Latin designare "mark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint," from de- "out" (see de-) + signare "to mark," from signum "a mark, sign" (see sign (n.)). Originally in English with the meaning now attached to designate; many modern uses of design are metaphoric extensions. Related: Designed; designing.

n.

1580s, from Middle French desseign "purpose, project, design," from Italian disegno, from disegnare "to mark out," from Latin designare "to mark out" (see design (v.)).

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