Meaning of DESIGN in English

I. di-ˈzīn verb

Etymology: Middle English, to outline, indicate, mean, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French designer to designate, from Medieval Latin designare, from Latin, to mark out, from de- + signare to mark — more at sign

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to plan : devise , contrive


a. : to conceive and plan out in the mind

he design ed the perfect crime

b. : to have as a purpose : intend

she design ed to excel in her studies

c. : to devise for a specific function or end

a book design ed primarily as a college textbook

3. archaic : to indicate with a distinctive mark, sign, or name


a. : to make a drawing, pattern, or sketch of

b. : to draw the plans for

design a building

intransitive verb

1. : to conceive or execute a plan

2. : to draw, lay out, or prepare a design

• de·sign·ed·ly -ˈzī-nəd-lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1569


a. : a particular purpose held in view by an individual or group

he has ambitious design s for his son

b. : deliberate purposive planning

more by accident than design

2. : a mental project or scheme in which means to an end are laid down


a. : a deliberate undercover project or scheme : plot

b. plural : aggressive or evil intent — used with on or against

he has design s on the money

4. : a preliminary sketch or outline showing the main features of something to be executed

the design for the new stadium


a. : an underlying scheme that governs functioning, developing, or unfolding : pattern , motif

the general design 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

a floral design

8. : the creative art of executing aesthetic or functional designs

Synonyms: see intention , plan

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.