Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


v. de·signed, de·sign·ing, de·signs
a. To conceive or fashion in the mind; invent: design a good excuse for not attending the conference.
b. To formulate a plan for; devise: designed a marketing strategy for the new product.
2. To make a graphic or schematic representation of (something), especially as a plan for its structure: design a building on a computer; design a new car model.
3. To create or contrive for a particular purpose or effect: a game designed to appeal to all ages.
4. To have as a goal or purpose; intend: "Mrs. Bennet had designed to keep the two Netherfield gentlemen to supper; but ... she had no opportunity of detaining them" (Jane Austen).
1. To make or execute plans.
2. To create designs.
a. A drawing or sketch.
b. A graphic representation, especially a detailed plan for construction or manufacture.
c. An ornamental pattern. See Synonyms at figure.
a. The purposeful or inventive arrangement of parts or details: the aerodynamic design of an automobile; the design of an epic poem.
b. A particular plan or method: the party's design for increasing voter turnout. See Synonyms at plan.
3. The art or practice of designing or making designs: studied design in college.
a. A reasoned purpose; an intent: It was her design to set up practice on her own as soon as she was qualified.
b. Deliberate intention: He became a photographer more by accident than by design.
c. often designs A secretive or underhanded plot or scheme: He has designs on my job.

[Middle English designen, from Latin dēsignāre, to designate; see designate.]

de·sign′a·ble adj.
References in periodicals archive ?
Better Life Technology is the leading manufacturer of durable, designable, high-quality, 100% solid vinyl flooring and surface covering for almost any room of your home, business, POP application, transit line, marine decking, or green house.
In COSEWIC (2011:82), the map of "Designatable Units for Caribou" includes KWI as part of the Barrenground Designable Unit (DU3), although it is unclear how KWI would be associated with the recognized herds listed as DU3 in Appendix 1.
Information integration thus becomes a designable variable in supply chain members' strategic decisions.
Likewise, publicity requirement are a designable feature and if socially desirable, they should be required under tax incentives as well.
It will explore supersolidity expected for ultracold bosonic systems with soft-core interactions and realize quantum magnets, that are designable almost at will and feature unprecedented coupling strengths.
In multilevel approach various types of models are designable, one of them is moderating cross-level model.
Organizations are hence artifacts of affirmative thinking and organizational basic metaphors that are designable and open to change and that can be subject to a re-figuration through prophetic, poetic, and normative images.
Meanwhile, significance level of t-Test for the non-discretionary accruals variable is less than 1%, therefore regression equation is designable and it can be said that 1 unit of change in non-discretionary accruals variable causes an increase of 1.