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
The dishes have a floral pattern around the rim.
The fabric comes in different colors and patterns.
The rug is decorated with a geometric pattern.
The shadows made a pattern of lines on the ground.
They are studying behavior patterns among high-school students.
Analysts are noticing different spending patterns by consumers.
The trees followed a characteristic pattern of growth. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Our thinking is more complex than just pattern recognition, of course; dozens of cognitive functions animate our brain.
Kevin Kelly, WIRED, 17 Nov. 2022 Cut star shapes from old sweater fabric using our free pattern.
Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 Nov. 2022 Despite its colorful pattern, the floral rug feels neutral enough to blend into kitchen dining areas, offices, and even living rooms.
Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 8 Nov. 2022 Trace our pattern on heavy paper or lightweight cardboard, or use cookie cutters in any shape.
Sunset Staff, Sunset Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 Each version features its own distinctive gem setting pattern, incorporating anywhere from 51 to 251 diamonds depending on the model.
Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 21 Oct. 2022 The genre of dembow — a Dominican style of music identified by its playful, rapid drum pattern and carefree energy — began as a musical pariah, rejected by both mainstream and underground communities in its birthplace.
Neena Rouhani, Billboard, 18 Oct. 2022 Technology and speed are the key to Getir's business model, to its success to date and to its rapid pattern of growth.
Fiona Simpson, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2022 The father-son conflict between Pierce’s Willy and Davis’ Biff is at once universal in its pattern and freshly particular in its pathos.
Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2022
Next, the researchers had to figure out how to pattern a surface with thousands of their artificial cilia.
Saugat Bolakhe, Scientific American, 11 July 2022 Defenders including Tony Allen, Shane Battier, Bruce Bowen, Michael Cooper and Derek Harper would become guys that young players might pattern themselves after.
Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 4 Feb. 2022 Focus on the only number that VCs can pattern match off, which is revenue growth.
Diana Tsai, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 The most effective way to kill a giant whitetail is to pattern him on trail camera and hunt him to the exclusion of all others.
Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 5 Jan. 2021 Cox explained that this partnership unfolded as the state tried to pattern its handling of the pandemic after South Korea’s example.
Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2020 When scouting, remember that the goal is not to bump and push hogs out of an area, but simply to pattern their movements in order to formulate a hunting strategy.
Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, 4 Aug. 2020 The community is now a destination for art lovers and people wanting to learn to make the exquisite, colorfully patterned quilts.
Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, 1 June 2020 Maisonette has brightly printed and patterned cotton face masks in small, medium and large sizes.oregonlive, 15 May 2020 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English patron, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin patronus