Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun design

7 senses of design

Sense 1
design, designing -- (the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); "he contributed to the design of a new instrument")
       => creating by mental acts -- (the act of creating something by thinking)

Sense 2
design, plan -- (an arrangement scheme; "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests")
       => arrangement, organization, organisation, system -- (an organized structure for arranging or classifying; "he changed the arrangement of the topics"; "the facts were familiar but it was in the organization of them that he was original"; "he tried to understand their system of classification")

Sense 3
blueprint, design, pattern -- (something intended as a guide for making something else; "a blueprint for a house"; "a pattern for a skirt")
       => plan, program, programme -- (a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished; "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue")

Sense 4
design, pattern, figure -- (a decorative or artistic work; "the coach had a design on the doors")
       => decoration, ornament, ornamentation -- (something used to beautify)

Sense 5
purpose, intent, intention, aim, design -- (an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs")
       => goal, end -- (the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means")

Sense 6
design -- (a preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something; "the design of a building")
       => sketch, study -- (preliminary drawing for later elaboration; "he made several studies before starting to paint")

Sense 7
invention, innovation, excogitation, conception, design -- (the creation of something in the mind)
       => creativity, creativeness, creative thinking -- (the ability to create)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb design

7 senses of design

Sense 1
plan, project, contrive, design -- (make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sense 2
design -- (plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect; "This room is not designed for work")
       => intend, destine, designate, specify -- (design or destine; "She was intended to become the director")

Sense 3
design -- (create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner; "Chanel designed the famous suit")
       => create, make -- (create by artistic means; "create a poem"; "Schoenberg created twelve-tone music"; "Picasso created Cubism"; "Auden made verses")

Sense 4
design, plan -- (make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sense 5
design -- (create designs; "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel")
       => create, make -- (create by artistic means; "create a poem"; "Schoenberg created twelve-tone music"; "Picasso created Cubism"; "Auden made verses")

Sense 6
design -- (conceive or fashion in the mind; invent; "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day")
       => gestate, conceive, conceptualize, conceptualise -- (have the idea for; "He conceived of a robot that would help paralyzed patients"; "This library was well conceived")

Sense 7
design -- (intend or have as a purpose; "She designed to go far in the world of business")
       => intend, mean, think -- (have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night")

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