Definition of by design in US English:

by design


  • As a result of a plan; intentionally.

    ‘I became a presenter by default rather than by design’
    • ‘He believes that such feelings developed more by accident rather than by design.’
    • ‘Lots of people are starting to suspect that's by design rather than by accident.’
    • ‘Far more by accident than by design, they start a small business.’
    • ‘By doing so, thought process and decision making can be taught by design, rather than left to chance.’
    • ‘It's hard to judge how far this separation is by circumstance or by design.’
    • ‘If they did end up saving too little, they'd have done so by design rather than default.’
    • ‘I think the media has traditionally had a liberal slant, but I don't think it's by design.’
    • ‘The Swedish example did not happen by accident - it happened by design.’
    • ‘Well, it may seem obvious that they both are made by design or intent.’
    • ‘By default or by design, we're going to basically decide what kind of world we want to live in.’
    deliberately, intentionally, on purpose, purposefully
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