Meaning of DESIGN in English

DESIGN

/ dɪˈzaɪn; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

ARRANGEMENT

1.

[ U , C ] the general arrangement of the different parts of sth 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 magazine will appear in a new design from next month.

DRAWING / PLAN / MODEL

2.

[ U ] the art or process of deciding how sth 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

3.

[ C ] ~ (for sth) a drawing or plan from which sth may be made :

designs for aircraft

new and original designs

PATTERN

4.

[ C ] an arrangement of lines and shapes as a decoration

SYN pattern :

floral / abstract / geometric designs

The tiles come in a huge range of colours and designs.

INTENTION

5.

[ U , C ] 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 .

IDIOMS

- have designs on sb

- have designs on sth

■ verb

DRAW PLANS

1.

design sth (for sb/sth) to decide how sth will look, work, etc., especially by drawing plans or making models :

[ vn ]

to design a car / a dress / an office

a badly designed kitchen

They asked me to design a poster for the campaign.

[also vnn ]

PLAN STH

2.

[ vn ] to think of and plan a system, a way of doing sth, etc. :

We need to design a new syllabus for the third year.

FOR SPECIAL PURPOSE

3.

[ usually passive ] design sth (for sth) | design sth (as sth) to make, plan or intend sth for a particular purpose or use :

[ vn ]

The method is specifically designed for use in small groups.

[ vn to inf ]

The programme is designed to help people who have been out of work for a long time.

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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 .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.