• IPA: /dɪˈzaɪn/


  1. A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem.
  2. A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.
  3. A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.
  4. The composition of a work of art.
  5. Intention or plot.
    To be hateful of the truth by design.
    • , M. Le Page Du Pratz, History of Louisisana (PG), p. 40:
      I give it you without any other design than to shew you that I reckon nothing dear to me, when I want to do you a pleasure.
    1. (particularly) Malicious or malevolent intention.
      To have evil designs.
  6. The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.
  7. The art of designing
    Danish furniture design is world-famous.
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  • Russian: компози́ция
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  • German: Entwurf
  • Russian: диза́йн
Translations Verb

design (designs, present participle designing; past and past participle designed)

  1. (transitive) To plan and carry out (a picture, work of art, construction etc.). [from 17th c.]
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To plan (to do something).
    The king designed to mount an expedition to the New World.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To assign, appoint (something to someone); to designate. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.10:
      he looks not below the Moon, but hath designed the regiment of sublunary affairs unto inferiour deputations.
    • 1700, John Dryden, Translations from Ovid's Epistles, Preface
      He was designed to the study of the law.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  5. To manifest requirements to be satisfied by an object or process for them to solve a problem.
    The client had me created new designs until they were satisfied with one.
    • 1595 December 9 (first known performance)​, William Shakespeare, “The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      We shall see / Justice design the victor's chivalry.
    • (Can we date this quote?), Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “The Knight of Malta”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1647, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 1, scene 3:
      Meet me to-morrow where the master / And this fraternity shall design.

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