1 model, original, archetype, prototype, exemplar, paragon, ideal, standard, yardstick, criterion, gauge, measure:
Their life together could serve as a pattern for any couple.
2 figure, motif, design, device, decoration, ornament:
The pattern of the wallpaper clashes with that of the curtains.
3 system, order, arrangement, plan, theme; repetition, consistency, orderliness, regularity, sequence, cycle:
By carefully noting the movements of the heavenly bodies, ancient observers were able to detect a pattern
4 blueprint, diagram, plan, layout, design, draft, guide, template or templet, stencil, mould, matrix:
These new lighting fixtures are made to a 19th-century pattern.
5 sample, example, instance, specimen, representation:
Were you able to match up your fabric pattern with one of those in the tailor's book?
6 layout, configuration, figure, formation, composition:
The geese often flew in a V-shaped pattern.
7 Often, pattern on. model on, imitate, copy, mimic, duplicate, follow, emulate, simulate:
She tried to pattern her behaviour on that of her older sister.
8 decorate, figure, ornament:
Cynthia's gifts were wrapped in a beautifully patterned paper.
1 arrangement of lines, shapes, etc.
intricate | geometric | floral
VERB + PATTERN
The jumper has a geometric pattern on it.
| design, make, print, produce, weave
in a/the ~
He had arranged the glasses in a pattern on the table.
| ~ on
the pattern on the carpet
2 usual manner
basic, existing, familiar, normal, predictable, regular, set, traditional
There is no set pattern for these meetings.
| changing, ever-changing | complex | main | overall
The overall pattern of our life changes little.
| behaviour | employment | weather
VERB + PATTERN
establish, set | follow
Their actions follow a very predictable pattern.
| fall into, fit into
ideas that do not fit neatly into his patterns of thought
67% of patients showed a similar pattern of improvement.
PATTERN + VERB
Similar patterns are emerging all over Eastern Europe.
the normal pattern for a boy/girl relationship
| ~ in
the main patterns in English spelling
| ~ of
patterns of behaviour
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