(1)   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"
(2)   A decorative or artistic work
"The coach had a design on the doors"
(3)   A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
"The design of a building"
(4)   The creation of something in the mind
(5)   An arrangement scheme
"The awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"
"It was an excellent design for living"
"A plan for seating guests"
(6)   Something intended as a guide for making something else
"A blueprint for a house"
"A pattern for a skirt"
(7)   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"


(8)   Intend or have as a purpose
"She designed to go far in the world of business"
(9)   Design something for a specific role or purpose or effect
"This room is not designed for work"
(10)   Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
"She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
(11)   Make or work out a plan for; devise
"They contrived to murder their boss"
"Design a new sales strategy"
"Plan an attack"
(12)   Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
"Design a better mousetrap"
"Plan the new wing of the museum"
(13)   Create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
"Chanel designed the famous suit"
(14)   Create designs
"Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"


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  1. A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.
  2. A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.
  3. The composition of a work of art.
  4. Intention or plot.
    • 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.
  5. The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.
  6. The art of designing
    Danish design of furniture is world-famous.