/ ˈpætn; NAmE -tərn/ noun , verb
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
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■ 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.