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(1)   A customary way of operation or behavior
"It is their practice to give annual raises"
"They changed their dietary pattern"
(2)   A decorative or artistic work
"The coach had a design on the doors"
(3)   Something regarded as a normative example
"The convention of not naming the main character"
"Violence is the rule not the exception"
"His formula for impressing visitors"
(4)   Something intended as a guide for making something else
"A blueprint for a house"
"A pattern for a skirt"
(5)   A perceptual structure
"The composition presents problems for students of musical form"
"A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
(6)   A model considered worthy of imitation
"The American constitution has provided a pattern for many republics"
(7)   Graphical representation (in polar or Cartesian coordinates) of the spatial distribution of radiation from an antenna as a function of angle
(8)   The path that is prescribed for an airplane that is preparing to land at an airport
"The traffic patterns around O'Hare are very crowded"
"They stayed in the pattern until the fog lifted"


(9)   Plan or create according to a model or models
(10)   Form a pattern
"These sentences pattern like the ones we studied before"


< < < . For the semantic shift, a patron is to be thought of as a model citizen, i.e., to be imitated.


  1. that from which a copy is made
  2. design, motif or decoration formed from multiple copies of an original fitted together
  3. arrangement of objects, facts etc. which has a mathematical, geometric, statistical etc. relationship
  4. a series of steps, repeated
  5. the quality held in common by a pattern
  6. in Semitic and other Afro-Asiatic languages, the arrangement of prefixes, suffixes, consonant-doubling, vowels, and stress in a word formed around a consonantal root
  7. A design pattern.



  1. to apply a pattern
  2. to follow an example
  3. to fit into a pattern