pattern oneself after

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pattern oneself after

US
:to try to be like and to behave like (someone one admires)
  • When he started his own business, he patterned himself after his father.

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

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part


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