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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)

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.

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_.""