1 simple elegance or refinement of movement: she moved through the water with effortless grace.
• courteous goodwill : at least he has the grace to admit his debt to her.
• ( graces) an attractively polite manner of behaving : she has all the social graces.
2 (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.
• a divinely given talent or blessing : the graces of the Holy Spirit.
• the condition or fact of being favored by someone : he fell from grace because of drug use at the Olympics.
3 (also grace period) a period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, esp. an extended period granted as a special favor : another three days’ grace.
4 a short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal : before dinner the Reverend Newman said grace.5 ( His, Her, or Your Grace) used as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop : His Grace, the Duke of Atholl.verb [ trans. ] do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one’s presence : she bowed out from the sport she has graced for two decades.
• [ trans. ] (of a person or thing) be an attractive presence in or on; adorn : Ms. Pasco has graced the front pages of magazines like Elle and Vogue.
be in someone’s good (or bad) graces be regarded by someone with favor (or disfavor).there but for the grace of God ( go I) used to acknowledge one’s good fortune in avoiding another’s mistake or misfortune.the ( Three) Graces Greek Mythology three beautiful goddesses (Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne), daughters of Zeus. They were believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty with good (or bad) grace in a willing and happy (or reluctant and resentful) manner.
Middle English : via Old Frenchfrom Latin gratia, from gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’ ; related to grateful
(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.