1》 a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function of something before it is built or made.
↘the art or action of planning the look and function of something.
↘the arrangement of the features of an artefact.
2》 a decorative pattern.
3》 the purpose or planning that exists behind an action or object.
■ verb decide upon the look and functioning of (something), especially by making a detailed drawing of it.
↘do or plan (something) with a specific purpose in mind.
by ~ as a result of a plan; intentionally.
have ~s on aim to obtain, especially in an underhand way.
↘ informal have an undisclosed sexual interest in.
ME (as a verb in the sense 'to ~ate'): from L. ~are , reinforced by Fr. désigner .