[ dih-zahyn ]
/ dɪˈzaɪn /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to make drawings, preliminary sketches, or plans.
to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc.


Nearby words

  1. desiderata,
  2. desiderate,
  3. desiderative,
  4. desideratum,
  5. desiderium,
  6. designate,
  7. designated,
  8. designated driver,
  9. designated employment,
  10. designated hitter

Origin of design

1350–1400; Middle English designen < Latin dēsignāre to mark out. See de-, sign

Related forms

Synonym study

5. See intend. 13. See plan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for design


/ (dɪˈzaɪn) /



Derived Formsdesignable, adjective

Word Origin for design

C16: from Latin dēsignāre to mark out, describe, from de- + signāre to mark, from signum a mark, sign

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Word Origin and History for design
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with design


see by design; have designs on.

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