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Meaning of “design” in the English Dictionary

"design" in British English

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designverb

uk   us   /dɪˈzaɪn/
  • design verb (PLAN)

B1 [I or T] to make or ​drawplans for something, for ​exampleclothes or ​buildings: Who designed this ​building/​dress/​furniture? This ​range of ​clothing is ​specially designed forshorter women.

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  • design verb (INTEND)

B2 [T usually passive] to ​intend: This ​dictionary is designed foradvancedlearners of ​English. [+ to infinitive] These ​measures are designed toreducepollution.

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designnoun

uk   us   /dɪˈzaɪn/
  • design noun (PLAN)

C1 [C] a ​drawing or set of ​drawingsshowing how a ​building or ​product is to be made and how it will ​work and ​look: Have you ​seen the designs for the new ​shoppingcentre?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 ​originallyVictorian in design. a ​serious design fault The ​car has some ​excellent design features.

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  • 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 haveterritorial designs (onneighbouringcountries)humorous I ​think Alan has designs onyourjob/​wife!
(Definition of design from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"design" in American English

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designverb

 us   /dɪˈzɑɪn/
  • design verb (PLAN)

[I/T] to make or ​drawplans for something: [T] A ​famousengineer designed the new ​bridge. [I] She designs for a ​dressmanufacturer.
  • design verb (INTEND)

[T] to ​intend a ​result: These ​measures are designed to ​reducepollution.

designnoun

 us   /dɪˈzɑɪn/
  • 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 ​microwaveoven. 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 ​dishonestplans: Troop ​movementssuggest the ​country has designs on ​itsneighbor.
(Definition of design from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"design" in Business English

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designverb

uk   us   /dɪˈzaɪn/
[I or T] to make or ​drawplans for something that will be ​produced: Who designed your ​website? This ​range of ​clothing is specially designed for shorter women.
[T] to intend for a particular ​purpose: This dictionary is designed for people using English in a ​businesssituation.be designed to do sth These ​measures are designed to ​reducepollution.

designnoun

uk   us   /dɪˈzaɪn/
[C or U] the way in which something is ​planned and made: I don't like the design of this ​controlpanel.produce/develop/improve a design The ​companyexcelled at ​producing new designs for ​establishedproducts.innovative/original design The ​innovative design of the ​productwon 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 ​shoppingcentre?
[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.
(Definition of design from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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