design - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the way that something is made so that it works in a certain way or has a certain appearance

    a completely new design of car

    Please note that the designs may vary from those illustrated.

    It’ll never work efficiently because there’s a basic design fault (=problem).

    1. a.
      [countable] a drawing that shows what something will look like when it is made
      design for:

      We looked at several different designs for the new bridge.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the process of deciding how something will be made, including how it will work and what it will look like

      software design

      the design and construction of new buildings

    3. c.
      [uncountable] the study of how to make things, especially how to give them a particular shape or appearance

      a degree in design

  2. 3
    [countable/uncountable] literary a plan or idea

    Chapman was left with the freedom to work out his grand designs.