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design

noun
 
 
/dɪˈzaɪn/
[C or U] the way in which something is planned and made: I don't like the design of this control panel.produce/develop/improve a design The company excelled at producing new designs for established products.innovative/original design The innovative design of the product won several awards. good/poor design a serious design fault The car has some excellent design features. The building was originally Victorianin design.
[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?
[U] the work of making plans or drawings for something: She works in software design. He is studying interior design. There are a lot of good opportunities in the area of web design. The product was abandoned when it was still at the design stage.
→  See also graphic design , industrial design , registered design
(Definition of design noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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