Meaning of DESIGN in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ dɪzaɪn ]

( designs, designing, designed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


When someone designs a garment, building, machine, or other object, they plan it and make a detailed drawing of it from which it can be built or made.

They wanted to design a machine that was both attractive and practical. wearing specially designed boots.

VERB : V n , V-ed


When someone designs a survey, policy, or system, they plan and prepare it, and decide on all the details of it.

We may be able to design a course to suit your particular needs...

A number of very well designed studies have been undertaken.

VERB : V n , V-ed


Design is the process and art of planning and making detailed drawings of something.

He was a born mechanic with a flair for design...



The design of something is the way in which it has been planned and made.

...a new design of clock...

BMW is recalling 8,000 cars because of a design fault.

N-UNCOUNT : usu with supp


A design is a drawing which someone produces to show how they would like something to be built or made.

They drew up the design for the house in a week.

= plan



A design is a pattern of lines, flowers, or shapes which is used to decorate something.

Many pictures have been based on simple geometric designs.

= motif



A design is a general plan or intention that someone has in their mind when they are doing something.

Is there some design in having him in the middle?...



If something is designed for a particular purpose, it is intended for that purpose.

This project is designed to help landless people...

It’s not designed for anyone under age eighteen.

V-PASSIVE : be V-ed to-inf , be V-ed for n


If something happens or is done by design , someone does it deliberately, rather than by accident.

The pair met often–at first by chance but later by design.

= on purpose



If someone has designs on something, they want it and are planning to get it, often in a dishonest way.

His colonel had designs on his wife...

PHRASE : V inflects

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