[de.sign] vb [ME, to outline, indicate, mean, fr. MF & ML; MF designer to designate, fr. ML designare, fr. L, to mark out, fr. de- + signare to mark--more at sign] vt (14c) 1: to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan: devise, contrive
2. a: to conceive and plan out in the mind "he ~ed the perfect crime" b: to have as a purpose: intend "she ~ed to excel in her studies" c: to devise for a specific function or end "a book ~ed primarily as a college textbook" 3 archaic: to indicate with a distinctive mark, sign, or name
4. a: to make a drawing, pattern, or sketch of b: to draw the plans for ~ vi 1: to conceive or execute a plan
2: to draw, lay out, or prepare a design -- de.sign.ed.ly adv
design n (1588) 1 a: a particular purpose held in view by an individual or group "he has ambitious ~s for his son" b: deliberate purposive planning "more by accident than ~"
2: a mental project or scheme in which means to an end are laid down 3 a: a deliberate undercover project or scheme: plot b pl: aggressive or evil intent--used with on or against "he has ~s on the money"
4: a preliminary sketch or outline showing the main features of something to be executed: delineation
5. a: an underlying scheme that governs functioning, developing, or unfolding: pattern, motif "the general ~ of the epic" b: a plan or protocol for carrying out or accomplishing something (as a scientific experiment); also: the process of preparing this
6: the arrangement of elements or details in a product or work of art 7: a decorative pattern 8: the creative art of executing aesthetic or functional designs syn see intention, plan