Translation of "design" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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uk /dɪˈzaɪn/ 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? 是誰設計這座建築物/這款裙子/這套傢俱?
This range of clothing is specially designed for shorter women. 這系列服裝是專為身材較矮的女性設計的。

More examples

  • In 1960, Pierre Cardin became the first couturier to design men's clothes.
  • He's designed dresses for many celebrities, most famously the Queen.
  • All our advertising material is designed in-house.
  • The building isn't designed very well from the point of view of wheelchair access.
  • Adam designed and wrote the software.

design verb (INTEND)

B2 [ T usually passive ] to intend

This dictionary is designed for advanced learners of English. 本詞典是為高級英語學習者編寫的。
[ + to infinitive ] These measures are designed to reduce pollution. 採取這些措施旨在減低污染。

More examples

  • The advertisements were designed to shock - that was the whole point of the campaign.
  • The government has produced a series of leaflets designed to extend public awareness of the dangers of AIDS.
  • This course is designed to give drivers a grounding in car maintenance.
  • By its nature, terrorism is designed to strike at the heart of our democratic values.
  • The new law is designed to protect people's privacy.


uk /dɪˈzaɪn/ 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? 你看過新購物中心的設計圖了嗎?

B1 [ U ] also designing the art of making plans or drawings for something

She's an expert on kitchen/software design. 她是廚房/軟體設計專家。
He's studying design in Paris. 他正在大學學習設計。

B1 [ S or U ] the way in which something is planned and made

I don't like the design of this sofa. 我不喜歡這個茶壺的設計。
The building was originally Victorian in design. 這座建築物原是維多利亞式設計風格。
a serious design fault 嚴重的設計缺陷
The car has some excellent design features. 這款汽車有一些很棒的設計特色。

More examples

  • The design of the church echoes that of St. Paul's Cathedral.
  • There was a very positive response to our new design - people seemed very pleased with it.
  • The designs for the new mosque have attracted widespread criticism.
  • The fault surely lies in the design of the equipment.
  • The car has a serious design fault.

design noun (PATTERN)

B1 [ C ] a pattern used to decorate something

a floral/abstract design 花卉/抽象圖案
I like the design on your sweatshirt. 我喜歡你運動服上的那個圖案。

design noun (INTENTION)

by design


I'm sure he ignored you by accident and not by design. 我敢肯定他絕非有意冷落你。
designs [ plural ]

plans, often ones that are not honest, to get something or someone for yourself

to have territorial designs (on neighbouring countries) 有奪取(鄰國)領土的企圖
humorous I think Alan has designs on your job/wife! 我覺得亞倫對你的工作/妻子有不軌企圖!

(Translation of “design” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)