1. [ verb ] make or work out a plan for; devise
Synonyms: plan contrive project

"They contrived to murder their boss" design a new sales strategy" "plan an attack"

Related terms: create_by_mental_act map concert plan undertaking invention planner planning project
2. [ verb ] design something for a specific role or purpose or effect

"This room is not designed for work"

Related terms: intend
3. [ verb ] create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner

"Chanel designed the famous suit"

Related terms: create make_up cut
4. [ noun ] the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)
Synonyms: designing

"he contributed to the design of a new instrument"

Related terms: creating_by_mental_acts planning
5. [ noun ] an arrangement scheme
Synonyms: plan

"the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult" "it was an excellent design for living" "a plan for seating guests"

Related terms: arrangement trap configuration layout American_plan hotel_plan European_plan plan
6. [ verb ] make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
Synonyms: plan

"design a better mousetrap" "plan the new wing of the museum"

Related terms: create_by_mental_act engineer redesign blueprint plan invention
7. [ noun ] something intended as a guide for making something else
Synonyms: pattern blueprint

"a blueprint for a house" "a pattern for a skirt"

Related terms: plan model
8. [ noun ] a decorative or artistic work
Synonyms: pattern figure

"the coach had a design on the doors"

Related terms: decoration motif emblem weave marking pyrograph tetraskele linocut polka_dot screen_saver device damascene mandala tattoo mihrab argyle decal triskele bear_claw
9. [ noun ] (fine art) a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something

"the design of a building"

Related terms: sketch
10. [ noun ] an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
Synonyms: purpose aim intention intent

"his intent was to provide a new translation" "good intentions are not enough" "the conscious aim of answering immediate needs" "he made no secret of his designs"

Related terms: goal mind will view cross-purpose sake intend aim
11. [ verb ] conceive or fashion in the mind; invent

"She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"

Related terms: conceive purpose
12. [ verb ] intend or have as a purpose

"She designed to go far in the world of business"

Related terms: intend purpose
13. [ verb ] create designs

"Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"

Related terms: create couturier
14. [ noun ] the creation of something in the mind
Synonyms: invention conception innovation excogitation
Related terms: creativity contrivance concoction invent
Similar spelling:   designer