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design definition

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This page has 23 definitions of design with English translations in 11 languages. Design is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use design in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English design definition

Etymology

From Middle English designen, from Old French designer, from Latin designō (I mark out, point out, describe, design, contrive), from de- (or dis-) + signō (I mark), from signum (mark). Doublet of designate.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈzaɪn/
  • Hyphenation: de‧sign
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪn

Noun

design (countable and uncountable, plural designs)

  1. A specification of an object or process, referring to requirements to be satisfied and thus conditions to be met for them to solve a problem.
  2. A plan (with more or less detail) for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system.
    The initial design of the park was rejected for being too expensive.
  3. A pattern, as an element of a work of art or architecture.
    We're working on some new designs for our range of summer shirts
  4. The composition of a work of art.
  5. Intention or plot.
    We have designs on winning the league next season.
    To be hateful of the truth by design.
    • 1763, Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz, History of Louisisana (PG), p. 40:
      I give it you without any other design than to shew you that I reckon nothing dear to me, when I want to do you a pleasure.
    • 1762, Charles Johnstone, The Reverie; or, A Flight to the Paradise of Fools[1], volume 2, Dublin: Printed by Dillon Chamberlaine, OCLC 519072825, page 202:
      At length, one night, when the company by ſome accident broke up much ſooner than ordinary, ſo that the candles were not half burnt out, ſhe was not able to reſiſt the temptation, but reſolved to have them ſome way or other. Accordingly, as ſoon as the hurry was over, and the ſervants, as ſhe thought, all gone to ſleep, ſhe ſtole out of her bed, and went down ſtairs, naked to her ſhift as ſhe was, with a deſign to ſteal them []
    • 2011 June 28, Piers Newbery, “Wimbledon 2011: Sabine Lisicki beats Marion Bartoli”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      Lisicki will rise from her current ranking of 62 to at least 35 in the world on the back of her efforts at the All England Club, but she will have serious designs on a first Grand Slam title after overcoming the 2007 runner-up.
    1. (particularly) Malicious or malevolent intention.
      To have evil designs.
  6. The shape or appearance given to an object, especially one that is intended to make it more attractive.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[3]:
      He turned back to the scene before him and the enormous new block of council dwellings. The design was some way after Corbusier but the block was built up on plinths and resembled an Atlantic liner swimming diagonally across the site.
  7. The art of designing
    Danish furniture design is world-famous.

Synonyms

Hyponyms

plan for the structure and functions of an artifact, building or system (here a piece of software)
  • architectural design
  • contract-first design
  • domain-driven design
  • firmware design
  • functional design
  • hardware design
  • responsive design
  • software design
 

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Descendants

Translations

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Verb

design (third-person singular simple present designs, present participle designing, simple past and past participle designed)

  1. (transitive) To plan and carry out (a picture, work of art, construction etc.). [from 17th c.]
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      She designed his retirement from the Royal Irish Artillery, and had negociated an immediate berth for him on the Staff of the Commander of the Forces, and a prospective one in the household of Lord Townshend []
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[4]:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To plan (to do something).
    The king designed to mount an expedition to the New World.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To assign, appoint (something to someone); to designate. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, I.10:
      he looks not below the Moon, but hath designed the regiment of sublunary affairs unto inferiour deputations.
    • 1700, John Dryden, Translations from Ovid's Epistles, Preface
      He was designed to the study of the law.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  5. To manifest requirements to be satisfied by an object or process for them to solve a problem.

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Translations

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Czech design definition

Pronunciation

Noun

design m

  1. design

Declension

Further reading

  • design in Kartotéka Novočeského lexikálního archivu
  • design in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Dutch design definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English design.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /diˈzɑi̯n/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: de‧sign

Noun

design n (plural designs)

  1. design

Synonyms


Finnish design definition

Etymology

Unadapted borrowing from English design.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdisɑi̯n/, [ˈdis̠ɑi̯n]

Noun

design

  1. design
    Synonym: suunnittelu

Declension

Inflection of design (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative design designit
genitive designin designien
partitive designia designeja
illative designiin designeihin
singular plural
nominative design designit
accusative nom. design designit
gen. designin
genitive designin designien
partitive designia designeja
inessive designissa designeissa
elative designista designeista
illative designiin designeihin
adessive designilla designeilla
ablative designilta designeilta
allative designille designeille
essive designina designeina
translative designiksi designeiksi
instructive designein
abessive designitta designeitta
comitative designeineen
Possessive forms of design (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person designini designimme
2nd person designisi designinne
3rd person designinsa

French design definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English design. Doublet of dessein.

Pronunciation

Noun

design m (plural designs)

  1. design

Hungarian design definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

Borrowed from English design, from Latin designō (I mark out, describe, plan).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈdizaːjn]
  • Hyphenation: de‧sign
  • Rhymes: -aːjn

Noun

design (plural designok)

  1. design (art and profession of designing functional objects such as furniture, vehicles, household appliances, etc.)
    Synonym: formatervezés

Declension

Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative design designok
accusative designt designokat
dative designnak designoknak
instrumental designnal designokkal
causal-final designért designokért
translative designná designokká
terminative designig designokig
essive-formal designként designokként
essive-modal
inessive designban designokban
superessive designon designokon
adessive designnál designoknál
illative designba designokba
sublative designra designokra
allative designhoz designokhoz
elative designból designokból
delative designról designokról
ablative designtól designoktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
designé designoké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
designéi designokéi
Possessive forms of design
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. designom designjaim
2nd person sing. designod designjaid
3rd person sing. designja designjai
1st person plural designunk designjaink
2nd person plural designotok designjaitok
3rd person plural designjuk designjaik

Italian design definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English design.

Noun

design m (invariable)

  1. design (industrial)

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Norwegian Bokmål design definition

Verb

design

  1. imperative of designe

Portuguese design definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English design.

Noun

design m (plural designs)

  1. design (plan)
    Synonym: projeto

Romanian design definition

Etymology

From English design.

Noun

design n (uncountable)

  1. design

Declension


Swedish design definition

Etymology

Borrowed from English design.

Pronunciation

Noun

design c

  1. a design

Declension

Declension of design 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative design designen designer designerna
Genitive designs designens designers designernas

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