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pattern

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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 artistʼs 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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