Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)
  2. (noun, cognition) an arrangement scheme
    it was an excellent design for living
    a plan for seating guests
  3. (noun, cognition) something intended as a guide for making something else
    a pattern for a skirt
  4. (noun, artifact) a decorative or artistic work
  5. (noun, cognition) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
    good intentions are not enough
    it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs
    he made no secret of his designs
  6. (noun, artifact) a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something
  7. (noun, cognition) the creation of something in the mind
  8. (verb, creation) make or work out a plan for; devise
    design a new sales strategy
    plan an attack
  9. (verb, cognition) plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
  10. (verb, creation) create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner
  11. (verb, creation) make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
    plan the new wing of the museum
  12. (verb, creation) create designs
  13. (verb, creation) conceive or fashion in the mind; invent
  14. (verb, cognition) intend or have as a purpose

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Design

  1. 1540s, from L. designare "mark out, devise," from de- "out" + signare "to mark," from signum "a mark, sign." Originally in English with the meaning now attached to designate; many modern uses of design are metaphoric extensions. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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