pattern (something) on

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pattern (something) on

: to design (something) so that it is similar to something else
  • Her garden is patterned on one she saw on her travels.

Word by Word Definitions

pattern play
  1. : a form or model proposed for imitation : exemplar

  2. : something designed or used as a model for making things

  3. : an artistic, musical, literary, or mechanical design or form

  1. : match

  2. : imitate

  3. : to make, adapt, or fashion according to a pattern

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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