Definition of "design" []

  • To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent: design a good excuse for not attending the conference. (verb-transitive)
  • To formulate a plan for; devise: designed a marketing strategy for the new product. (verb-transitive)
  • To plan out in systematic, usually graphic form: design a building; design a computer program. (verb-transitive)
  • To create or contrive for a particular purpose or effect: a game designed to appeal to all ages. (verb-transitive)
  • To have as a goal or purpose; intend. (verb-transitive)
  • To work out the structure or form of (something), as by making a sketch, outline, pattern, or plans (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To plan and make (something) artistically or skilfully (verb)
  • To form or conceive in the mind; invent (verb)
  • To intend, as for a specific purpose; plan (verb)
  • To mark out or designate (verb)
  • A plan, sketch, or preliminary drawing (noun)
  • The arrangement or pattern of elements or features of an artistic or decorative work (noun)
  • A finished artistic or decorative creation (noun)
  • The art of designing (noun)
  • A plan, scheme, or project (noun)
  • An end aimed at or planned for; intention; purpose (noun)
  • A plot or hostile scheme, often to gain possession of (something) by illegitimate means (noun)
  • A coherent or purposeful pattern, as opposed to chaos (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "design" in a sentence
  • "He says that, even though in practice inferring design is the first step in identifying an intelligent agent, taken by itself _design does not require that such an agent be posited."
  • "Every fragment of life has its completing part somewhere, given its place in the scheme of the universe by intricate design -- always by _design!"
  • ""Professor Haeckel maintains," says Mr. Wallace, "_that the struggle for existence in nature evolves new forms without design, just as the will of man produces new varieties in cultivation with design_.""