From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdesignde‧sign1 /dɪˈzaɪn/ ●●● S2 W1 AWL noun 🔊 🔊 1 process of planningDRAWING PLANS [uncountable]AVD the art or process of making a drawing of something to show how you will make it or what it will look like 🔊 The new plane is in its final design stage. 🔊 the design process 🔊 the design team 🔊 a course in graphic design 🔊 computer-aided design2 arrangement of partsARRANGEMENT OF PARTS [countable, uncountable]DESIGN the way that something has been planned and made, including its appearance, how it works etc 🔊 The car’s design has been greatly improved.design of 🔊 the design of the new building 🔊 Some changes have been made to the computer’s basic design. 🔊 a design fault 🔊 The electric windows are an important design feature of this model.3 patternPATTERN [countable]PATTERN a pattern for decorating something 🔊 a floral design 🔊 Vinyl flooring is available in a wide range of designs.4 drawingDRAWN PLAN [countable]AVD a drawing that shows how something will be made or what it will look likedesign for 🔊 the design for the new sports centre5 INTENTIONintention [countable, uncountable]INTEND a plan that someone has in their mindby design (=intentionally) 🔊 We shall never know whether this happened by accident or by design. 🔊 He has some grand designs for the company.6 → have designs on something7 → have designs on somebodyCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: the way that something has been planned and made, including its appearance, how it works etcadjectivesgoodGood design is very important in a house.simpleThe latest model of the car has a much simpler design.modernMany people were against such a modern design in the old city centre.traditional Our new range of furniture has a traditional design.classical (=relating to the style of Ancient Greece or Rome)a large building of classical designthe basic design (=not including all the small details)The basic design of the two churches is very similar.verbscreate/produce a designUse your imagination to create an interesting design in the garden.come up with a design (=think of or suggest one)We asked the architect to come up with another design.design + NOUNa design feature (=something interesting or attractive that is part of the design)The aircraft has some novel design features.a design fault/flaw (=a part of something that does not work well or look good)If a washing-machine makes too much noise, it’s a design fault.
Examples from the Corpusdesign• Tom has several tattoos, and they're all Native American designs.• The basic design of the vehicle has been improved.• With soft leather upholstery and the careful design that typifies Toyotas, the interior is a comfortable place to be.• brightly coloured curtains with an attractive floral design• The arched ceiling is bordered with a hand-painted, floral design.• Designers' Saturday has traditionally been used as a launching pad for designs and this year is no exception.• The success of the product was largely due to good design.• graphic design• A range of books has been launched which reflects his design philosophy and style.• The new hockey rink is similar in design to the one in San Jose.• Conran's furniture was based on simple, modern designs.• Dorn has done a great deal of design work on the new city hall.• Such similarities are more likely to reflect prevailing ideas of design - the sentiments of the client perhaps.• Organization designs should concentrate on work.• the design of consumer products• This design is very common on Turkish carpets.graphic design• On the opposite wall, a print was mounted; an austere graphic design, white and grey to match.• Create impressive graphic designs on your walls; all it takes is courage and a little sleight of hand.• Richie, the youngest at 15, was in the throes of GCSEs and hopeful of a career in graphic design.• A Bay Area native, he started out in graphic design, but soon branched out.• Thirdly, the new style guides have clearly been influenced by some interesting graphic design work.• Professional advice on graphic design is valuable.design fault• With three gearboxes making the same noise it seems to me a design fault, but is there a cure?• It was a design fault: you couldn't fit a coffin.• Reliance on Newt as a unifying bogeyman points to a fundamental design fault in the new Democratic juggernaut.design for• The President will unveil the design for a new World War II memorial on the National Mall.by design• The law firm is all-female, though not by design.