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Definition of pattern noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the regular way in which something happens or is done changing patterns of behavior an irregular sleeping pattern The murders all seem to follow a (similar) pattern (= happen in the same way).
  2. 2[usually singular] an excellent example to copy This system sets the pattern for others to follow.
  3. 3a regular arrangement of lines, shapes, colors, etc. as a design on material, carpets, etc. a pattern of diamonds and squares a shirt with a floral pattern
  4. 4a design, set of instructions, or shape to cut around that you use in order to make something a knitting pattern She bought a dress pattern and some material.
  5. 5a small piece of material, paper, etc. that helps you choose the design of something synonym sample wallpaper patterns
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pattern