design · noun /dəˈzɑɪn/Full view
design (PLANNING)
B1 U the way in which something is planned and made
Dictionary examples:

I don't like the design of this kettle.

The building was originally Victorian in design.

a serious design fault

The car has some excellent design features.

Learner example:

I was looking to find a good bicycle with a nice design. (First Certificate in English; B2; German)

design (PROCESS)
B1 U the art of making plans or drawings for something
Dictionary examples:

She's an expert on kitchen/software design.

He's studying design in college.

Learner example:

You know that my subject is design. (First Certificate in English; B2; Korean)

B1 C a pattern or decoration
Dictionary example:

a floral design

Learner example:

Last year I made and sold more than 200 pairs of knitted socks and because of that I got a prize from The Swedish Handcraft Company for [the] wonderful and original design on my socks. (First Certificate in English; B2; Swedish)

design (DRAWING)
C1 C a drawing which shows how an object, machine, or building will be made
Dictionary example:

Engineers are working on the new designs.

Learner example:

To finish some of your designs on time you could take them home and continue them there or you could work for longer in your office. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Greek)

design · verb /dəˈzɑɪn/
B1 T to draw or plan something before making it
Dictionary examples:

Who designed this building/dress/furniture?

This line of clothing is specially designed for shorter women.

Learner example:

It was built in 1570 and designed by [the] Italian architect Morando. (First Certificate in English; B2; Latvian)

be designed for/to do sth
B2 to have been planned or done for a particular purpose
Dictionary examples:

This dictionary is designed for learners of English.

These measures are designed to reduce pollution.

Learner example:

The end-of-conference party is designed to give rough ideas about many different cultures. (First Certificate in English; B2; Japanese)

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