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designing (adj.)

"scheming, artful, intriguing," 1670s, present-participle adjective from design (v.). Earlier "characterized by constructive forethought" (1650s).

updated on August 01, 2018

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Definitions of designing from WordNet
1
designing (n.)
the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan);
Synonyms: design
2
designing (adj.)
concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest; "a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill;
Synonyms: scheming
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