- made or done intentionally; intended; planned.
Origin of designed
- to prepare the preliminary sketch or the plans for (a work to be executed), especially to plan the form and structure of: to design a new bridge.
- to plan and fashion artistically or skillfully.
- to intend for a definite purpose: a scholarship designed for foreign students.
- to form or conceive in the mind; contrive; plan: The prisoner designed an intricate escape.
- to assign in thought or intention; purpose: He designed to be a doctor.
- Obsolete. to mark out, as by a sign; indicate.
- to make drawings, preliminary sketches, or plans.
- to plan and fashion the form and structure of an object, work of art, decorative scheme, etc.
- an outline, sketch, or plan, as of the form and structure of a work of art, an edifice, or a machine to be executed or constructed.
- organization or structure of formal elements in a work of art; composition.
- the combination of details or features of a picture, building, etc.; the pattern or motif of artistic work: the design on a bracelet.
- the art of designing: a school of design.
- a plan or project: a design for a new process.
- a plot or intrigue, especially an underhand, deceitful, or treacherous one: His political rivals formulated a design to unseat him.
- designs, a hostile or aggressive project or scheme having evil or selfish motives: He had designs on his partner's stock.
- intention; purpose; end.
- adaptation of means to a preconceived end.
Origin of design
Related Wordsfashion, form, devise, create, describe, invent, perform, produce, draft, construct, arrange, compose, prepare, propose, make, aim, tailor, plan, blueprint, diagram
Examples from the Web for designed
“I got the weaver to use his craftsmanship on modern silhouettes we designed,” he said.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Comments like that are designed to stoke the fires of fan-passion—and it works beautifully.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt
January 3, 2015
Given the somewhat macabre origins of the feast, many of the celebrations were designed to placate the gods.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
“That FBI money is designed to entice somebody in the United states to help find where he is overseas,” the former agent said.Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
December 13, 2014
The Afghanistan artist who designed the cards receives a royalty on all packages sold.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Angelina Jolie in Your Life
November 29, 2014
A plain case, that he had left his curiosity with me, and designed to shew me no other.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
His religion was designed to be diametrically opposed to Mahommedanism.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
The cover, title-page and general make-up were designed by the Author.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Cars, costumes, banners and decorations were all designed by this imp of ten.In the Heart of Vosges
Profiting by these aids, an improved type of cable was designed.Heroes of the Telegraph
- to work out the structure or form of (something), as by making a sketch, outline, pattern, or plans
- to plan and make (something) artistically or skilfully
- (tr) to form or conceive in the mind; invent
- (tr) to intend, as for a specific purpose; plan
- (tr) obsolete to mark out or designate
- a plan, sketch, or preliminary drawing
- the arrangement or pattern of elements or features of an artistic or decorative workthe design of the desk is Chippendale
- a finished artistic or decorative creation
- the art of designing
- a plan, scheme, or project
- an end aimed at or planned for; intention; purpose
- (often plural; often foll by on or against) a plot or hostile scheme, often to gain possession of (something) by illegitimate means
- a coherent or purposeful pattern, as opposed to chaosGod's design appears in nature
- argument from design philosophy another name for teleological argument
Word Origin and History for designed
1580s, from Middle French desseign "purpose, project, design," from Italian disegno, from disegnare "to mark out," from Latin designare "to mark out" (see design (v.)).
1540s, from Latin designare "mark out, devise, choose, designate, appoint," from de- "out" (see de-) + signare "to mark," from signum "a mark, sign" (see sign (n.)). Originally in English with the meaning now attached to designate; many modern uses of design are metaphoric extensions. Related: Designed; designing.
Idioms and Phrases with designed
see by design; have designs on.