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

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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

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They were tasked with designing a blueprint to develop the state’s next generation of recycling infrastructure while doubling Michigan’s recycling rate to 30% by 2025 — and ultimately reaching 45% annually. Egle, Detroit Free Press, "Confused about recycling? Talk to the Recycling Raccoon Squad," 12 July 2019 Essentially, Perfect Day gives microflora — a specific type of fungi — a blueprint through biotechnology that allows it to ferment sugar and create whey and casein. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area company releases ice cream made with real dairy but no cows, at $20 a pint," 11 July 2019 According to blueprints obtained by the Akron Beacon Journal, a $100 million redevelopment will transform the former mall property on Romig Road into an Amazon fulfillment center expected to employ 1,000 workers and park 303 semi-trucks. Robin Goist,, "Akron City Council approves $19 million in public works projects," 9 July 2019 One nation, one grid: The government will this year make available blueprints for water grids, gas grids, and regional airports across the country. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Key takeaways from the first annual budget of Modi 2.0," 4 July 2019 However, the paper is only a set of recommendations at this point, and not a blueprint for legislation. James Vincent, The Verge, "EU should ban AI-powered citizen scoring and mass surveillance, say experts," 26 June 2019 City officials are developing a new planning blueprint for the area because of the recent closure of the 76-acre De Anza Cove mobile home park. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego approves Campland lease extension, larger footprint," 25 June 2019 Florida’s legislature authorized a blueprint this spring with a strong endorsement from Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Kaiser Health News,, "These 3 states plan to import prescription medications from Canada; will more follow?," 29 June 2019 Fact check: Probably true, but that's only part of the equation for a family, and Sanders has not released a blueprint showing how his plan will be financed. CBS News, "Fact check: The first Democratic primary debate, Day 2," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of blueprint

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blueprint

: a photographic print that shows how something (such as a building) will be made
: a detailed plan of how to do something


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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