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design

noun

1 design

The act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan):
— He contributed to the design of a new instrument.

synonym: designing.

Roget 556: painting; depicting; drawing etc. v.; design; perspective, sciagraphy, skiagraphy; chiaroscuro etc. (light) 420; composition; ... show more

Roget 554: representation, representment; imitation etc. 19; illustration, delineation, depictment; imagery, portraiture, iconography; design, designing; art, ... show more

Dutch: vormgeving, dessin, design
Polish: design, wzornictwo, dizajn



2 design

An arrangement scheme:
— The awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult.
— It was an excellent design for living.

synonym: plan.

Roget 626: plan, scheme, design, project; proposal, proposition, suggestion; resolution, motion; precaution etc. (provision) 673; deep-laid plan ... show more

Dutch: bovenaanzicht

3 design

Something intended as a guide for making something else.

synonyms: blueprint, pattern.

Roget 22: prototype, original, model, pattern, precedent, standard, ideal, reference, scantling, type; archetype, antitype; protoplast, module, ... show more

4 design

A decorative or artistic work:
— The coach had a design on the doors.

synonyms: figure, pattern.

Dutch: aftekening, dessin, patroon, tekening, werkje

5 design

An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions:
— He made no secret of his designs.

synonyms: aim, intent, intention, purpose.

Roget 620: intent, intention, intentionality; purpose; quo animo [Lat.]; project etc. 626; undertaking etc. 676; predetermination etc. 611; ... show more

Dutch: voornemen, bedoeling, intensie, intentie, inzicht, opzet, zin
Polish: chęć, intencja, zamiar, zamierzenie, zamysł

6 design

A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something.

7 design

The creation of something in the mind.

synonyms: conception, excogitation, innovation, invention.

verb

1 design

Make or work out a plan for; devise:
— Design a new sales strategy.

synonyms: contrive, plan, project.

Roget 620: intend, purpose, design, mean; have to; propose to oneself; harbor a design; have in view, have in contemplation, have in one's eye, have in petto; have an eye to.    bid for, labor for; ... show more

Roget 626: plan, scheme, design, frame, contrive, project, forecast, sketch; devise, invent etc. (imagine) 515; set one's wits to work ... show more

Roget 556: paint, design, limn draw, sketch, pencil, scratch, shade, stipple, hatch, dash off, chalk out, square up; color, dead color, ... show more

Dutch: ontwerpen, bedenken, concipiëren, plannen, uitdenken, uitstippelen, verzinnen, vinden

2 design

Plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect.

3 design

Create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner.

Dutch: vormgeven

4 design

Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form:
— Design a better mousetrap.

synonym: plan.

Dutch: ontwerpen, plannen, projecteren

5 design

Create designs.

6 design

Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent.

7 design

Intend or have as a purpose.


Moby thesaurus: abstract art, action, aim, aim at, ambition, anagnorisis, angle, animus, approach, architectonics, architecture, argument, arrange, arrangement, art, art form, art object, artful dodge, artifice, artist ... show more.

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