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Definition of pattern verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pattern

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpætn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pattern
    BrE BrE//ˈpætn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərn//
     
    he / she / it patterns
    BrE BrE//ˈpætnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərnz//
     
    past simple patterned
    BrE BrE//ˈpætnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərnd//
     
    past participle patterned
    BrE BrE//ˈpætnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərnd//
     
    -ing form patterning
    BrE BrE//ˈpætnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpætərnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1pattern something to form a regular arrangement of lines or shapes on something Frost patterned the window. a landscape patterned by vineyards
  2. 2pattern something (specialist) to cause a particular type of behaviour to develop Adult behaviour is often patterned by childhood experiences.
  3. Word Origin Middle English patron ‘something serving as a model’, from Old French from Latin patronus ‘protector of clients, defender’, from pater, patr- ‘father’. The change in sense is from the idea of a patron giving an example to be copied. By 1700 patron ceased to be used of things, and the two forms became differentiated in sense. Phrasal Verbspattern something on something
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