blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint How to pronounce blueprint (audio) \

Definition of blueprint

1 : a photographic print in white on a bright blue ground or blue on a white ground used especially for copying maps, mechanical drawings, and architects' plans
2 : something resembling a blueprint (as in serving as a model or providing guidance) especially : a detailed plan or program of action a blueprint for victory

Other Words from blueprint

blueprint transitive verb

Examples of blueprint in a Sentence

a blueprint for reforming the public school system an ambitious young man with a remarkably detailed blueprint for becoming a millionaire by the age of 25
Recent Examples on the Web Many Republicans at the time lauded Youngkin as laying out a blueprint for GOP victory in 2022, especially in states that went for President Biden in 2020. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 11 May 2022 The iPod provided a blueprint for Apple for decades by packaging unrivaled industrial design, hardware engineering, software development and services. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The efforts have also raised awareness in the state and paved the way for legislation—banning gag clauses, for example—that became a blueprint for federal transparency efforts. Erika Fry, Fortune, 4 May 2022 The style of Galella’s photographs became a blueprint for current publications such as People, Us and TMZ, all of which feed paparazzi culture. Sasha Urban, Variety, 2 May 2022 Skills such as managing conflict and paradox, collaborative decision making, multi-cultural competence, teamwork and emotional intelligence created a blueprint for leadership development for the next 20 years. Ginny Whitelaw, Forbes, 1 May 2022 However, New Orleans, under first-year head coach Willie Green, showed Dallas and the rest of the remaining postseason field a blueprint for success against the Suns. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 30 Apr. 2022 What the city does next could set a blueprint for other cities. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2022 In fact, the entire charter reads like a blueprint for indicting Russia. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Blueprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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blue·​print | \ ˈblü-ˌprint How to pronounce blueprint (audio) \

Kids Definition of blueprint

1 : a photographic print made with white lines on a blue background and showing how something will be made
2 : a detailed plan of something to be done

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