One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the pattern on the wallpaper’
design, decoration, motif, marking, ornament, ornamentation, device, figure
2‘the ants' behaviour pattern’
system, order, arrangement, method, sequence, structure, scheme, plan, form, format, framework, composition, constitution, shape, make-up, configuration
3‘such a step would set the pattern for at least a generation’
model, example, criterion, standard, basis, point of reference, gauge, norm, formula, guide, scale, guideline, yardstick, touchstone, benchmark, ideal, exemplar, paradigm, canon
blueprint, archetype, prototype, original, design
template, mould, cast, matrix, last, layout, outline, sketch, draft, stencil, sample, specimen, specification, shape, plan, style, source, type
4‘a book of textile patterns’
sample, specimen, swatch
1‘there is a dread that someone else is patterning your life’
shape, influence, form, model, fashion, mould, style
affect, determine, direct, control, guide, lead
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