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
It was an ideal spot for a vacation.
She is an ideal candidate for the job.
The conference provided us with an ideal opportunity to meet new people. Noun
an ideal of romantic love
He hasn't lived up to his high ideals.
She considers the actress her ideal. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
That is, if the conditions are ideal even several hours away.—Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Jan. 2023 With six different nude shades, this bralette from SKIMS is ideal to stay invisible under clothes.—Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 30 Jan. 2023 Hawley said carbohydrate-rich and fatty foods are not ideal for late-night meals and opting for protein is better.—Laura Hensley, Verywell Health, 30 Jan. 2023 Favorite comfort foods, like chicken soup or chocolate chip cookies, are ideal.—Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 30 Jan. 2023 On a visit to his in-laws in Arizona, Harrison was browsing in a bookstore and came across a book about moving to Costa Rica, where the cost of living is lower than in the U.S. and the weather is ideal.—Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2023 The open-toe style is ideal for people who need extra grip support on top of the non-slip sole.—Michelle Pugle, Health, 27 Jan. 2023 The timing is ideal given our fixation with TikTok's Vanilla Girl aesthetic.—Fiona Embleton, Glamour, 26 Jan. 2023 Yet those antibiotics can lead to subsequent infections and affect the gut microbiome, neither of which are ideal.—Esha Chhabra, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023
In contrast to Daemon’s much more chaotic employment of the female gaze, Harwin is an example of the platonic ideal of a heroic partner.—Jennifer Maas, Variety, 20 Dec. 2022 These are the platonic ideal of comfy winter leggings.—Meaghan Kenny, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Dec. 2022 The new owners, Eric Finkelstein and Matt Ross, seem to have understood that the Platonic ideal of the space transcends any individual item of décor.—Pete Wells, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2022 In conclusion and in summary, Tim Calhoun is nearly the platonic ideal of a Forte character, lacking only the crucial interactions with the outside world that put our No. 1 character at the top.—Jesse Hassenger, Vulture, 21 Jan. 2022 This petite wooden storage bench has easy-breezy appeal, ideal for small entryways.—Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2023 The stemless glass flutes offer a roomy interior ideal for serving prosecco, spritz cocktails, and layered desserts.—Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Jan. 2023 Black beans, kidney beans, and pinto beans make it just as filling, and the addition of beets give it a deep red color ideal for the romantic holiday.—Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 21 Dec. 2022 Maunde offers two different blends of substances, each ideal for men or women, in contrast to other medicines and gummies on our market that offer the same recipe for both sexes.—Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2022 See More
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Middle English ydeall, from Late Latin idealis, from Latin idea