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
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
The supermodel and businessman share two children, models Kaia Gerber and Presley Gerber.
Crawford recently made headlines thanks to new documentary series The Super Models, which examines her career, alongside Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington.—Genevieve Cepeda, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2023 Uncertainty remains for exactly where the worst rain will fall since weather models are in disagreement with how close the low pressure system will be to the coast.—Allison Chinchar, CNN, 28 Sep. 2023 And as much interest as Sphere’s technology has generated, its business model is also challenging conventional wisdom about how buildings should be operated, particularly at the arena level.—Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, 28 Sep. 2023 This paper is one of the few to link the Seattle fault with the Saddle Mountain fault, and the authors say that current hazard models need to be updated to include this data.—Hannah Seo, Popular Science, 28 Sep. 2023 So should Idaho Power be seen as a model of sustainability?—Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Instead of working from this geological record, the new model worked toward it.—WIRED, 28 Sep. 2023 Hyundai models being recalled include sedans such as the Accent, Azera, Elantra, Genesis Coupe and Sonata along with the Tuscon SUV.—Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2023 Then, the model and actor opted for a body-hugging gray dress with a cascading, pleated skirt and an open back by Khaite.—Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Sep. 2023
Officials even made a bust of Kesler using forensic facial reconstruction techniques modeled from her skull.—Nikki Dobrin, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2023 While she’s modeled for everyone from Prada to Proenza Schouler, Jenner has never lent her likeness to the cult favorite label.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 27 Sep. 2023 This marked a significant moment for the 20-year-old, who has been steadily gaining experience in the modeling world.—Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 25 Sep. 2023 Four years later, with models Iman and Campbell, Hardison created the Black Girls Coalition, a group committed to celebrating women of color in modeling and promoting diversity in the fashion world.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2023 Heather Durham/Southall Southall Southall Farm & Inn | 🌱 👨👨👧
The idea: This working farm resort introduced agricultural experiences that bring guests closer to the land, including a hydrology plan modeling what sustainable water usage means for healthy ecosystems.—Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Sep. 2023 Selena Gomez, seen here modeling the latest seasonal glam trend: Pumpkin spice latte makeup.—Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 21 Sep. 2023 Crawford’s break came through modeling in high school for a local Chicago photographer and landing a bra ad for Marshall Field’s department store.—Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 The authors acknowledged several limitations, including the small sample size and that researchers didn’t model moment-to-moment changes in brain activity.—Mohana Ravindranath, STAT, 20 Sep. 2023
Built on the remains of an 18th-century garrison, about 30 miles northwest of Prague, it was advertised as a model Jewish community—a cruel and cynical feat of Nazi planning.—Douglas Starr, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 There is, alas, little reason other than wishful thinking to expect that other nations will evolve along Whiggish lines into model Western-style democracies.—Max Boot, Foreign Affairs, 10 Mar. 2023 His low-maintenance mentality and consistent approach helped the Spurs be the model NBA franchise for almost 20 years.—Andrew Birkle, Detroit Free Press, 16 May 2023 The firm has also previously sued the state education department because its model ethnic studies curriculum contained an affirmation that the firm claimed constituted an Aztec prayer.—Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2023 The model minority myth, Thanh notes, paints AAPI people as never in need of assistance.—Thuc Doan Nguyen, refinery29.com, 4 May 2023 In a day and age when too many are cynical about public service, McColgan was the model public servant, and, even rarer, an actual scholar and gentleman.—Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Apr. 2023 Below, more from Longendyke on the secrets to her model-esque skin, her signature pose, and how modeling prompted her to accept her freckles.—ELLE, 15 Mar. 2023 For nearly half a century, Portland was lauded as a model American metropolis, thanks to public and private initiatives, its waterfront and its proximity to mountains and coast.—Jenny Jarvie, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Feb. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle French modelle, from Old Italian modello, from Vulgar Latin *modellus, from Latin modulus small measure, from modus