pattern

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
pattern

Plural
patterns

A blue and white pattern
  1. (countable) A pattern is a design that uses the same set of elements many times in the same order.
    The table cloth had a simple pattern of red and white squares.
  2. (countable) The combined qualities and activities for an individual or a group of people describes a pattern.
    The people of Spain have a pattern of resting in the afternoon and eating dinner late at night.

Verb[change]

Plain form
pattern

Third-person singular
patterns

Past tense
patterned

Past participle
patterned

Present participle
patterning

  1. (transitive) When you pattern something, you make it using a pattern.
    Much of crime fiction is patterned from true police stories.