Meaning of DESIGN in English

DESIGN

■ noun

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.

Phrases

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.

Origin

ME (as a verb in the sense 'to ~ate'): from L. ~are , reinforced by Fr. désigner .

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