(past and past part. -led ) [ trans.] cause (someone) to have a wrong idea or impression about someone or something: the government misled the public about the road’s environmental impact.
DERIVATIVES misleader noun
1 a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made: he has just unveiled his design for the new museum.
• the art or action of conceiving of and producing such a plan or drawing: good design can help the reader understand complicated information | the cloister is of late twelfth century design.
• an arrangement of lines or shapes created to form a pattern or decoration: pottery with a lovely blue and white design.
2 purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object: the appearance of design in the universe.
[trans.] decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), typically by making a detailed drawing of it: a number of architectural students were designing a factory | [as adj. with submodifier] (designed) specially designed buildings.
• (often be designed) do or plan (something) with a specific purpose or intention in mind: [trans.] the tax changes were designed to stimulate economic growth. See note at intend.
by design as a result of a plan; intentionally: I became a presenter by default rather than by design, have designs on aim to obtain (something desired), typically in a secret and dishonest way: he suspected her of having designs on the family fortune.
late Middle English (as a verb in the sense [to designate] ): from Latin designare ‘to designate,’ reinforced by French désigner. The noun is via French from Italian.
1 the quality or condition of being dual: the novel’s deep duality about human motive.
• Mathematics the property of two theorems, expressions, etc., being dual to each other.
• Physics the quantum-mechanical property of being regardable as both a wave and a particle.
2 an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or two aspects of something; a dualism: the simple dualities of his youthful Marxism: capitalism against socialism, bourgeois against prole.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from late Latin dualitas, from dualis (see dual).