de|sign1 [ dı`zaın ] noun ***
1. ) count or uncount the way that something is made so that it works in a certain way or has a certain appearance:
Please note that the designs may vary from those illustrated.
a completely new design of car
It'll never work efficiently because there's a basic design flaw.
a ) count a drawing that shows what something will look like when it is made:
design for: We looked at several different designs for the new bridge.
b ) uncount the process of deciding how something will be made, including how it will work and what it will look like:
software design
the design and construction of new buildings
c ) uncount the study of how to make things, especially how to give them a particular shape or appearance:
a degree in design
2. ) count a pattern that decorates something:
simple geometric designs
3. ) count or uncount LITERARY a plan or idea:
Chapman was left with the freedom to work out his grand designs.
by design FORMAL
have designs on someone OLD-FASHIONED
to want to have someone as a sexual partner
have designs on something FORMAL
to want something and be planning a way to get it
de|sign 2 [ dı`zaın ] verb transitive ***
to decide how something will be made, including the way it will work or what it will look like, and often to make drawings of it:
The bride wore a cream silk dress that she designed herself.
The bridge was designed by John Rennie.
a job designing Web sites
be designed to do something or be designed for something or be designed as something
to be intended for a particular purpose:
The law was designed to protect victims from nuisances such as noisy neighbors.
The cell was originally designed for only two prisoners.
Designed as a dining hall, the grand room is now a visitors' center.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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