design

\ \ [16] The semantic history of design is a little complicated. It comes ultimately from the past participle of Latin dēsignāremark out’ (source also of English designate [15]), a compound verb formed from the prefix - ‘out’ and signāremark’, a derivative of signumsign’. But English acquired it largely via French, in which a three-way split of form and meaning had taken place. In both respects désignerpoint out, denote’ remains closest to the original Latin, but this use of the word has now died out in English, having been taken over by designate. This has left the field open to the metaphorical use ‘plan’, represented in French on the one hand by desseinpurpose, intention’ and on the other by dessinpattern, drawing’ and its related verb dessiner. They represent the two main areas of meaning covered by the word in modern English, although English has stuck to the more latinate spelling.
\ \ Cf.DESIGNATE, SIGN

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