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English noun: design

1. design (act) the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)

SamplesHe contributed to the design of a new instrument.


Broader (hypernym)creating by mental acts

Narrower (hyponym)planning

2. design (cognition) an arrangement scheme

SamplesThe awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult.
It was an excellent design for living.
A plan for seating guests.


Broader (hypernym)arrangement, organisation, organization, system

Narrower (hyponym)configuration, constellation, hotel plan, layout, meal plan, snare, trap

3. design (cognition) something intended as a guide for making something else

SamplesA blueprint for a house.
A pattern for a skirt.

Synonymsblueprint, pattern

Broader (hypernym)plan, program, programme

4. design (artifact) a decorative or artistic work

SamplesThe coach had a design on the doors.

Synonymsfigure, pattern

Broader (hypernym)decoration, ornament, ornamentation

Narrower (hyponym)argyle, argyll, bear claw, damascene, decal, decalcomania, device, emblem, herringbone, herringbone pattern, linocut, mandala, marking, mihrab, motif, motive, polka dot, pyrograph, screen saver, sunburst, tattoo, tetraskele, tetraskelion, triskele, triskelion, weave

5. design (cognition) an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

SamplesHis intent was to provide a new translation.
Good intentions are not enough.
It was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs.
He made no secret of his designs.

Synonymsaim, intent, intention, purpose

Broader (hypernym)end, goal

Narrower (hyponym)cross-purpose, final cause, idea, mind, sake, view, will

6. design (artifact) a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something

SamplesThe design of a building.

Broader (hypernym)sketch, study

7. design (cognition) the creation of something in the mind

Synonymsconception, excogitation, innovation, invention

Broader (hypernym)creative thinking, creativeness, creativity

Narrower (hyponym)concoction, contrivance

English verb: design

1. design (creation) make or work out a plan for; devise

SamplesThey contrived to murder their boss.
Design a new sales strategy.
Plan an attack.

ExamplesDid he design his major works over a short period of time?, They design the cape

Synonymscontrive, plan, project

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

Narrower (hyponym)concert, map, map out, plot

2. design (cognition) plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect

SamplesThis room is not designed for work.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)designate, destine, intend, specify

3. design (creation) create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner

SamplesChanel designed the famous suit.

ExamplesDid he design his major works over a short period of time?

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)cut, make up, tailor

Verb groupdesign

4. design (creation) make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

SamplesDesign a better mousetrap.
Plan the new wing of the museum.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

Narrower (hyponym)blueprint, draft, draught, engineer, redesign

5. design (creation) create designs

SamplesDupont designs for the house of Chanel.

ExamplesDid he design his major works over a short period of time?

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Verb groupdesign

6. design (creation) conceive or fashion in the mind; invent

SamplesShe designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)conceive, conceptualise, conceptualize, gestate

7. design (cognition) intend or have as a purpose

SamplesShe designed to go far in the world of business.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, think

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