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design

de·sign

design

 
 
pronunciation:
dih zaIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: designed, designing, designs
definition 1: to make or draw plans for, esp. the structure or form of.
The government is attempting to design a new welfare system.She designed all the costumes for the play.The architect who designed the museum also designed the city hall.
synonyms:
engineer, map out, plan
similar words:
block out, blueprint, devise, draft, forge, formulate, frame, outline, plot, project, scheme, shape, sketch, style
definition 2: to conceive; invent.
They designed a plan to increase business traffic in the downtown area.
synonyms:
conceive, dream up, formulate, invent
similar words:
coin, contrive, create, form, hatch, innovate, originate, plan, project, scheme
definition 3: to intend for a specific goal or purpose.
The program was designed to educate the public.
synonyms:
earmark, intend, target
similar words:
aim at, calculate, reserve
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to create plans or designs.
synonyms:
contrive, devise, plan
similar words:
scheme
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a plan or outline showing how something is to be built or carried out.
The architect showed us his designs for the new office building.
synonyms:
blueprint, draft, layout, plan, program, scheme, strategy
similar words:
agenda, architecture, diagram, map, outline, schematic, sketch
definition 2: an artistic rendering; drawing.
She looked at many dress designs before going to stores to look for a wedding dress.His apartment is filled with designs done by favorite local artists.
synonyms:
drawing, picture
similar words:
painting, portrayal, sketch
definition 3: pattern.
The curtains have a floral design across the top.
synonyms:
pattern
similar words:
architecture, decoration, detail, fashion, figure, lay, layout, motif, print, shape, style
definition 4: the art of creating drawings.
He is studying design at the art institute.
similar words:
art, drawing, fashion, graphic arts, graphics, painting
definition 5: end; purpose.
The town council's design had been to improve conditions in the neighborhoods.
synonyms:
aim, goal, intention, objective, purport, purpose
similar words:
ambition, aspiration, desire, destination, dream, end, hope, mark, reason, target, wish
definition 6: (often pl.) scheme or plot.
Marrying her was all part of his design to obtain wealth and power.
synonyms:
intentions, plan, plot, scheme
similar words:
cabal, tactic
definition 7: purposeful intention, real or inferred, to which the nature of events or things can be attributed.
We found each other and fell in love, as if by some design.
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