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1 a unit of decoration that is repeated all over something (as a fabric)
  • a coverlet with a nosegay of tiny pink roses as the pattern

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2 a usual manner of behaving or doing
  • her daily pattern begins with coffee and a bagel every morning for breakfast

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3 an established and often automatic or monotonous series of actions followed when engaging in some activity
  • with her, everything must be done strictly according to pattern

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4 the way in which the elements of something (as a work of art) are arranged
  • many of the artist's paintings use the same pattern of a lone figure surrounded by a vast landscape

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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

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The first known use of pattern was in the 14th century

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“Pattern.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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