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design

verb uk   us   /dɪˈzaɪn/

design verb (PLAN)

B1 [I or T] to make or draw plans for something, for example clothes or buildings: Who designed this building/dress/furniture? This range of clothing is specially designed for shorter women.
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design verb (INTEND)

B2 [T usually passive] to intend: This dictionary is designed for advanced learners of English. [+ to infinitive] These measures are designed to reduce pollution.
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design

noun uk   us   /dɪˈzaɪn/

design noun (PLAN)

C1 [C] a drawing or set of drawings showing how a building or product is to be made and how it will work and look: Have you seen the designs for the new shopping centre?B1 [U] (also designing) the art of making plans or drawings for something: She's an expert on kitchen/software design. He's studying design in Paris.B1 [S or U] the way in which something is planned and made: I don't like the design of this sofa. The building was originally Victorian in design. a serious design fault The car has some excellent design features.
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design noun (PATTERN)

B1 [C] a pattern used to decorate something: a floral/abstract design I like the design on your sweatshirt.

design noun (INTENTION)

by design intentionally: I'm sure he ignored you by accident and not by design.designs [plural] plans, often ones that are not honest, to get something or someone for yourself: to have territorial designs (on neighbouring countries)humorous I think Alan has designs on your job/wife!
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