Design Synonyms, Design Antonyms | Merriam-Webster Thesaurus

1

a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective

  • she always achieves her objective by design rather than by luck

  • arrangement,
  • blueprint,
  • game,
  • game plan,
  • ground plan,
  • master plan,
  • plan,
  • program,
  • project,
  • road map,
  • scheme,
  • strategy,
  • system

2

a secret plan for accomplishing evil or unlawful ends

  • the thief had devised an elaborate design to get the invaluable artwork

3

something that one hopes or intends to accomplish

  • my design in writing to you is to ask for your support

  • aim,
  • ambition,
  • aspiration,
  • bourne
  • (also bourn),
  • dream,
  • end,
  • goal,
  • idea,
  • ideal,
  • intent,
  • intention,
  • mark,
  • meaning,
  • object,
  • objective,
  • plan,
  • point,
  • pretension,
  • purpose,
  • target,
  • thing

4

a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric)

  • the curtains have a lovely floral design

5

the way in which the elements of something (as a work of art) are arranged

  • the design of the building’s lobby encourages the free flow of traffic

  • arrangement,
  • composition,
  • configuration,
  • constellation,
  • form,
  • format,
  • getup,
  • layout,
  • makeup,
  • ordonnance,
  • pattern

1

to have in mind as a purpose or goal

  • early on she had designed to a top position in a major insurance company

  • aim,
  • allow
  • [chiefly Southern & Midland],
  • aspire,
  • calculate,
  • contemplate,
  • go
  • [chiefly Southern & Midland],
  • intend,
  • look,
  • mean,
  • meditate,
  • plan,
  • propose,
  • purport,
  • purpose

2

to work out the details of (something) in advance

  • the foreman designed a better layout for the factory floor to improve efficiency

  • arrange,
  • blueprint,
  • budget,
  • calculate,
  • chart,
  • choreograph,
  • frame,
  • lay out,
  • map (out),
  • organize,
  • plan,
  • prepare,
  • project,
  • scheme (out),
  • shape,
  • strategize (about)

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