Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “design”

See all translations

design

verb  /dɪˈzɑɪn/ us  

design verb (PLAN)

[I/T] to make or draw plans for something: [T] A famous engineer designed the new bridge. [I] She designs for a dress manufacturer.

design verb (INTEND)

[T] to intend a result: These measures are designed to reduce pollution.

design

noun  /dɪˈzɑɪn/ us  

design noun (PLAN)

[C/U] a plan or drawing: [C] Have you seen the designs for the new lobby? [C/U] Design is the skill of making plans or drawings for something: [U] She’s an expert in software design. art [C/U] Design is also the way in which something is arranged or shaped: [U] I like the design of this microwave oven. art [C/U] A design is also a pattern used to decorate something: a geometric design

design noun (INTENTION)

[U] purpose or intention: The details of the case are unclear, and this is by design (= intentional).

design noun (PLANS)

[pl] plans to get something or someone for yourself, esp. secret or dishonest plans: Troop movements suggest the country has designs on its neighbor.
(Definition of design from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of design?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “design” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More