Meaning of PATTERN in English

/ ˈpætn; NAmE -tərn/ noun , verb

■ noun


the regular way in which sth happens or is done :

changing patterns of behaviour

an irregular sleeping pattern

The murders all seem to follow a (similar) pattern (= happen in the same way) .


[ usually sing. ] an excellent example to copy :

This system sets the pattern for others to follow.


a regular arrangement of lines, shapes, colours, etc. as a design on material, carpets, etc. :

a pattern of diamonds and squares

a shirt with a floral pattern


a design, set of instructions or shape to cut around that you use in order to make sth :

a knitting pattern

She bought a dress pattern and some material.


a small piece of material, paper, etc. that helps you choose the design of sth

SYN sample :

wallpaper patterns

■ verb [ vn ]


to form a regular arrangement of lines or shapes on sth :

Frost patterned the window.

a landscape patterned by vineyards


( technical ) to cause a particular type of behaviour to develop :

Adult behaviour is often patterned by childhood experiences.


- pattern sth on sth



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.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.