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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.
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