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noun [C] uk   /ˈmɒd.əl/  us   /ˈmɑː.dəl/

model noun [C] (COPY)

C2 something that a copy can be based on because it is an extremely good example of its type: The educational system was a model for those of many other countries. The council plans to build a model town on the site. Some groups want to set up an Islamic state on the Iranian model. Even Chris, the very model of calmness (= someone who is usually extremely calm), was angered by having to work such long hours. She really is a model (= perfect) student.
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model noun [C] (PERSON)

B1 a person who wears clothes so that they can be photographed or shown to possible buyers, or a person who is employed to be photographed or painted: a fashion/nude model She's going out with a male model. I worked as an artist's model when I was a student.
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model noun [C] (MACHINE)

A2 a particular type of machine, especially a car, that is slightly different from machines of the same type: a luxury/new model the latest model
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model noun [C] (REPRESENTATION)

A2 something that represents another thing, either as a physical object that is usually smaller than the real object, or as a simple description that can be used in calculations: a plastic model aircraft By looking at this model you can get a better idea of how the bridge will look. to construct a statistical/theoretical/mathematical model No computer model of the economy can predict when the next recession will be.

model

verb uk   /ˈmɒd.əl/  us   /ˈmɑː.dəl/ (-ll- or US usually -l-)

model verb (CLOTHES)

[I or T] to wear fashionable clothes, jewellery, etc. in order to advertise them: Tatjana is modelling a Versace design. I used to model when I was younger.

model verb (MAKE A MODEL)

[T] to make a model of something: to model animals out of clay to model clay into animal shapes The whole car can be modelled on a computer before a single component is made.
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