mod·​el | \ ˈmä-dᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a usually miniature representation of something a plastic model of the human heart also : a pattern of something to be made
2a : a type or design of product (such as a car) offers eight new models for next year, including a completely restyled convertible
b : a type or design of clothing girls, self-conscious in their Paris models— Paul Bowles
3 : a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs also : a computer simulation (see simulation sense 3a) based on such a system climate models
4 : archetype
5 : an example for imitation or emulation his written addresses are models of clearness, logical order, and style— A. B. Noble
6 : one who is employed to display clothes or other merchandise has appeared as a model in ads for swimsuits
7 : a person or thing that serves as a pattern for an artist especially : one who poses for an artist His wife served as the model for many of his paintings.
8 : version sense 2 an experimental model of a bionic arm
9 : a description or analogy used to help visualize something (such as an atom) that cannot be directly observed
10 : structural design a home on the model of an old farmhouse
11 : an organism whose appearance a mimic imitates
13 dialectal British : copy, image
14 obsolete : a set of plans for a building


modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling\ ˈmäd-​liŋ , ˈmä-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce model (audio) \

Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to construct or fashion in imitation of a particular model modeled its constitution on that of the U.S.
2a : to shape or fashion in a plastic material modeling figures from clay
b : to produce a representation or simulation (see simulation sense 3a) of using a computer to model a problem
3 : to display by wearing, using, or posing with modeled gowns
4 : to plan or form after a pattern : shape legislative institutions primarily modeled on the English pattern
5 archaic : to make into an organization (such as an army, government, or parish)

intransitive verb

1 : to work or act as a fashion or art model Each contestant modeled in front of the judges.
2 : to design or imitate forms : make a pattern The students are modeling in clay.



Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : serving as or capable of serving as a pattern a model student
2 : being a usually miniature representation of something a model airplane

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Other Words from model


modeler or less commonly modeller \ ˈmäd-​lər , ˈmä-​dᵊl-​ər How to pronounce model (audio) \ noun

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model, example, pattern, exemplar, ideal mean someone or something set before one for guidance or imitation. model applies to something taken or proposed as worthy of imitation. a decor that is a model of good taste example applies to a person to be imitated or in some contexts on no account to be imitated but to be regarded as a warning. children tend to follow the example of their parents pattern suggests a clear and detailed archetype or prototype. American industry set a pattern for others to follow exemplar suggests either a faultless example to be emulated or a perfect typification. cited Joan of Arc as the exemplar of courage ideal implies the best possible exemplification either in reality or in conception. never found a job that matched his ideal

Examples of model in a Sentence

Noun She's building a model of the Earth for science class. a plastic model of the human heart We've improved on last year's model, making the car safer and easier to control. He bought one of the old 1965 models. We couldn't afford one of the fancy TVs and had to buy the standard model. We've developed a computer model of the economy to predict what will happen in the future. Companies are developing new business models. Verb The faces of the gods were modeled in white stone. They're modeling this year's new spring fashions. She got a job modeling shoes for a catalog company. a fashion model who has angered animal lovers by modeling fur coats Adjective Our university has a model program for training its athletes. why can't you be like your sister, who is such a well-behaved model child? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Weber put his foot down in a big way Friday night, winning the 30-lap late model feature over D.J. Weltmeyer by 0.23 seconds. Tony Baranek, Chicago Tribune, 14 May 2022 However, 2022 is seeing a bit of a return to normalcy, and Angi’s basic business model which involves matching homeowners with quality service providers who have received good reviews has considerable appeal. Charles Taylor, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Also spotted were Ava DuVernay, model Miranda Kerr, LACMA chief Michael Govan with wife Katherine Ross, and Billie Lourd with husband Austen Rydell. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 The Caderock facility consists of multiple test basins, including the David Taylor Model Basin, one of the largest ship model basins in the world. Baltimore Sun, 13 May 2022 Anthony then married model Shannon De Lima in November 2014. Olivia Jakiel,, 13 May 2022 Britain is the first country to sanction the 39-year-old Kabaeva, an Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics and past cover model for the Russian edition of Vogue magazine. William Booth, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Soon the sun faded into the sparkling skyline while model and DJ SooJoo Park kept the party alive with her upbeat soundtrack. Vogue, 13 May 2022 The director spent years embedding herself in a model house and visiting sets. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the gender-clinic era, care was free, but only to model patients. New York Times, 10 May 2022 The way researchers model bycatch is by randomly removing individuals from the population. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022 Empathy, in particular, is core to the behaviors leaders should model and encourage in the workplace. Gary Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 25 Apr. 2022 Accelerate2zero, built by partner Deloitte into Workday Adaptive Planning, allows customers to model and report scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, Schlampp says. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Before marrying into the British royal family, Meghan took part in a game of flag football alongside other celebrities like Serena Williams (center) and model Hannah Davis (right). Emily Burack, Town & Country, 17 Apr. 2022 The Seattle Aquarium will also model what would happen to the finalists’ materials should a marine mammal ingest them. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 What also remains to be seen is what Buick model the new logo will be introduced on. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 21 Mar. 2022 The closest thing to a silver bullet for agencies to improve the quality and efficiency of their work is to model their project management workflow around the statement of work for each of their client projects. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His first blockbusters are that the iPhone mini line is dead, and only the two Pro-model iPhones will get the new A16 processor. Sascha Segan, PCMAG, 14 Mar. 2022 At 65, the uncomplaining, modestly dressed Hornclaw appears to be a model senior citizen. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2022 Biden praised retiring Supreme Court Justice Breyer as a model public servant and reaffirmed his commitment to nominate a Black woman to fill his seat, pledging to make an announcement before the end of February. WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Dave Zitnik, who has a model train store in Pinellas Park, comes every Friday to lend a hand with the trains. Susan Taylor Martin,, 12 Dec. 2021 KitchenAid's pro-model stand mixer has a bigger bowl capacity, a more powerful motor, and a taller bowl-lift configuration to accommodate both. Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 Strong, multi-model ensemble agreement that very dry & anomalously warm pattern will continue across US West for next 10+ days. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2021 Since moving into Las Vegas Ballpark two years ago, the Aviators have become a model Triple-A franchise. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2021 Students said the graphic perpetuates ideas like the model minority myth, which claims that Asians are inherently successful and close to whiteness. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of model


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 14


1613, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4


1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for model

Noun and Verb

Middle French modelle, from Old Italian modello, from Vulgar Latin *modellus, from Latin modulus small measure, from modus

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mod·​el | \ ˈmä-dᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Kids Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a small but exact copy of a thing
2 : a pattern or figure of something to be made
3 : a person who sets a good example Their daughter is a model of politeness.
4 : a person who poses for an artist or photographer
5 : a person who wears and displays garments that are for sale
6 : a special type of a product Our car is a recent model.



Kids Definition of model (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : worthy of being imitated a model student
2 : being a miniature copy a model airplane


modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling

Kids Definition of model (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to plan or shape after a pattern This sports car is modeled on a racing car.
2 : to make a model of He learned how to model a dog in clay.
3 : to act or serve as a model She was asked to model for an artist.

Choose the Right Synonym for model


model, example, and ideal mean something that serves as guidance or imitation. model is used for a thing or person very worthy of imitation. That school system can be a model for the whole state. example usually means that the person, act, or conduct is likely to be copied, even though this may not always be a good thing. Parents are examples for their children. ideal is used for something, either real or imagined, considered to be the best of its kind that can exist. She is the ideal of beauty.


mod·​el | \ ˈmäd-ᵊl How to pronounce model (audio) \

Medical Definition of model

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a pattern of something to be made : a cast of a tooth or oral cavity
2 : something (as a similar object or a construct) used to help visualize or explore something else (as the living human body) that cannot be directly observed or experimented on — see animal model
3 : a system of postulates, data, and inferences presented as a mathematical description of an entity or state of affairs


transitive verb
modeled or modelled; modeling or modelling\ ˈmäd-​liŋ, -​ᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce model (audio) \

Medical Definition of model (Entry 2 of 2)

: to produce (as by computer) a representation or simulation of

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