the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)
"he contributed to the design of a new instrument"
an arrangement scheme
"the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
blueprint, design, pattern(noun)
something intended as a guide for making something else
"a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt"
intention, aim, form, approach pattern, figure, designing, formula, rule, radiation pattern, practice, plan, excogitation, conception, pattern, blueprint, traffic pattern, radiation diagram, intent, invention, convention, shape, innovation, normal, purpose
design, pattern, figure(noun)
a decorative or artistic work
"the coach had a design on the doors"
image, figure, intention, flesh, formula, frame, shape, traffic pattern, fig, figure of speech, chassis, approach pattern, physical body, trope, radiation diagram, soma, innovation, rule, human body, blueprint, radiation pattern, conception, excogitation, purpose, form, physique, plan, designing, aim, public figure, invention, number, convention, practice, digit, normal, bod, intent, name, pattern, anatomy, material body, build
purpose, intent, intention, aim, design(noun)
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
"his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
intention, objective, use, determination, aim, designing, figure, role, purport, function, excogitation, conception, pattern, spirit, blueprint, object, intent, invention, target, innovation, bearing, purpose, plan, heading
a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
"the design of a building"
invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design(verb)
the creation of something in the mind
intention, foundation, initiation, instauration, introduction, construct, designing, figure, creation, plan, excogitation, conception, aim, intent, blueprint, institution, founding, innovation, pattern, invention, origination, concept, purpose
plan, project, contrive, design(verb)
make or work out a plan for; devise
"They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
throw, see, protrude, visualize, figure, excogitate, jut, forge, propose, cast, externalise, plan, image, project, devise, fancy, visualise, stick out, invent, contrive, send off, picture, envision, jut out, externalize, formulate, be after
plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
"This room is not designed for work"
create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
"Chanel designed the famous suit"
make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
"design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"
"Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
"She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
intend or have as a purpose
"She designed to go far in the world of business"
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Design refers to the adaptation of means to an end, the correspondence and coordination of parts, or of separate acts, to produce a result; intent and purpose overleap all particulars, and fasten on the end itself. Intention is simply the more familiar form of the legal and philosophical intent. Plan relates to details of form, structure, and action, in themselves; design considers these same details all as a means to an end. The plan of a campaign may be for a series of sharp attacks, with the design of thus surprising and overpowering the enemy. A man comes to a fixed intention to kill his enemy; he forms a plan to entrap him into his power, with the design of then compassing his death; as the law can not read the heart, it can only infer the intent from the evidences of design. Intent denotes a straining, stretching forth toward an object; purpose simply the placing it before oneself; hence, we speak of the purpose rather than the intent or intention of God. We hold that the marks of design in nature prove it the work of a great Designer. Intention contemplates the possibility of failure; purpose looks to assured success; intent or intention refers especially to the state of mind of the actor; purpose to the result of the action. Compare AIM; CAUSE; IDEA; MODEL.
The design of defrauding; the design of a building; a design for a statue.
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layout, designing, conception, designs, designed, devise, drawings, concept, drawing, develop, formulation, model, styling, conceive, devising, concepción, development, designer, calculation, elaboration, determination, style, planning, conceptualization, dimensioning, conceiving, vision, engineering, preparation, plan, formulate, construction
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How to use design in a sentence?
Any ordinary favor we do for someone or any compassionate reaching out may seem to be going nowhere at first, but may be planting a seed we can't see right now. Sometimes we need to just do the best we can and then trust in an unfolding we can't design or ordain.
The manifestos that were typically written in the first part of the last century were how architects, artists, designers responded to change: pulling together these great statements and visions that were very utopic, now we are living through the fallout of the dreams that were never realised ... The projects show design is inextricably linked to everyday life and issues with social implications.
After the bikes, we met Kitty Hawk and Kitty Hawk said,' Put rotors on it. Let's build a flying car,' we want to design something that's truly useful, and that will improve the way people carry themselves around.
Everyone’s become the expert in policing although they’ve never had a weapon on their hip, they’ve never got into a squad car, they’ve never put a badge on their chest and they never went into a situation when people were running from it but they all have an opinion and they all have a reason and they all have a design on police work.
I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you'd have to design a hurricane to contain him, jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy; the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative.
Translations for design
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- تخطيط, تصميم, التصميمArabic
- дизайн, шарка, конструкция, намерение, проектирам, десен, план, композиция, замислямBulgarian
- dissenyar, dissenyCatalan, Valencian
- návrh, designCzech
- Design, Entwurf, designen, Muster, Absicht, entwerfen, PlanGerman
- σχεδιάζω, σχέδιοGreek
- intención, diseño, diseñar, modeloSpanish
- طراحی, دیزاینPersian
- malli, design, muotoilu, juoni, muotoilla, suunnitelma, suunnitella, kuvio, sommittelu, kuosiFinnish
- plan, modèle, dessein, intention, conception, designFrench
- rùnScottish Gaelic
- tervez, tervezésHungarian
- hönnun, hannaIcelandic
- design, disegno, progettareItalian
- デザイン, 意図, 設計, 模様Japanese
- 디자인, 設計, 설계Korean
- disinn, iddisinnjaMaltese
- dessin, vormgeving, ontwerpDutch
- naʼashchʼąąʼNavajo, Navaho
- wzornictwo, plan, zamiar, wzór, motyw, krój, dizajn, kompozycja, projekt, zamysł, projektować, designPolish
- intenção, desenho, projetar, projeto, design, desenharPortuguese
- конструкция, замысел, дизайн, композиция, умысел, узор, план, образец, внешний вид, модель, намерение, экстерьер, проектRussian
- mustra, узорак, дизајн, нацрт, мустра, план, nakana, dizajn, plan, интенција, накана, intencija, uzorak, nacrtSerbo-Croatian
- design, utforma, designaSwedish
- kompozisyon, tasarım, niyet, tasarlamak, dizayn, desen, bileşimTurkish
- thiết kếVietnamese
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