I. design design 2 verb [intransitive, transitive]
1. MANUFACTURING to make a drawing or plan of something that will be made or built:

• The theatre was designed by a local architect.

• a well-designed office

• There were too many badly built, badly designed vehicles.

2. to plan or develop something for a specific purpose:
design be designed to do something

• software that is designed to work in Microsoft Windows

design be designed for

• The course is designed for people who are learning business English.

design be designed as

• The program is designed as an incentive for Iowa companies to create new jobs.

  [m0] II. design de‧sign 1 [dɪˈzaɪn] noun
1. [countable, uncountable] the way in which something has been planned and made, including its appearance, how it works etc:

• One or two changes have been made to the computer's basic design.

• a company that believes in the importance of good design

ˈjob deˌsign [uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES
the process of deciding what work and responsibilities a particular job should include:

• Poor job design results in unhappy employees in boring jobs.

2. [uncountable] the process of making a drawing of something to show how it will be made or what it will look like
comˌputer-aided deˈsign abbreviation CAD [uncountable] COMPUTING
the use of computers in designing something, especially buildings, cars etc:

• Company officials say that the use of a computer-aided design process helps to keep project costs down.

ˌgraphic deˈsign [uncountable] COMPUTING
the art of combining pictures and words in order to design books, magazines, newspapers, and advertisements:

• Computerized graphic design is changing the publishing industry.

inˌdustrial deˈsign [uncountable] MANUFACTURING
the designing of products which are made by machines, for example cars, computers, radios etc, or the job of doing this:

• The new proposals give companies more legal protection on all their industrial designs.

ˌregistered deˈsign [countable] MANUFACTURING
a design which has been recorded with the Patent Office, but does not get a patent:

• When an item is to be commercially reproduced, you need to be aware of its registered design rights.

ˈweb deˌsign [uncountable]
COMPUTING the art and process of making a web page or a website:

• a professional web design agency

— web designer noun [countable]

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design UK US /dɪˈzaɪn/ verb
[I or T] to make or draw plans for something that will be produced: »

Who designed your website?


This range of clothing is specially designed for shorter women.

[T] to intend for a particular purpose: »

This dictionary is designed for people using English in a business situation.

be designed to do sth »

These measures are designed to reduce pollution.

design UK US /dɪˈzaɪn/ noun
[C or U] the way in which something is planned and made: »

I don't like the design of this control panel.

produce/develop/improve a design »

The company excelled at producing new designs for established products.

innovative/original design »

The innovative design of the product won several awards.


good/poor design


a serious design fault


The car has some excellent design features.


The building was originally Victorianin design.

[C] a drawing or set of drawings showing how a building or product is to be made and how it will work and look: »

Have you seen the designs for the new shopping centre?

[U] the work of making plans or drawings for something: »

She works in software design.


He is studying interior design.


There are a lot of good opportunities in the area of web design.


The product was abandoned when it was still at the design stage.

See also GRAPHIC DESIGN(Cf. ↑graphic design), INDUSTRIAL DESIGN(Cf. ↑industrial design), REGISTERED DESIGN(Cf. ↑registered design)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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