Meaning of “template” in the English Dictionary

"template" in British English

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templatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtem.pleɪt/ us /ˈtem.pleɪt/

a pattern made of metal, plastic, or paper, used for making many copies of a shape or to help cut material accurately

something that is used as a pattern for producing other similar things:

We used the structure of his report as the template for ours.

a system that helps you arrange information on a computer screen:

a letter template

(Definition of “template” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"template" in American English

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templatenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtem·plət/

a shape made of metal, plastic, or paper which is used to make copies or to help someone cut something accurately:

The use of templates is crucial to stone carving.

(Definition of “template” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"template" in Business English

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templatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtempleɪt/ us

a method or system that can be copied and used by others:

serve/act as a template (for sth) The deal will act as a template for future negotiations.
provide/create/become a template (for sth) Transport for London believes the new charging system will become a template for congested cities across Britain.

IT a particular model for arranging information or images in a document, etc. that you can copy and use for your own purposes:

You can use these templates as a basis for your web presence.
a basic/standard template

PRODUCTION a design or pattern made of metal, plastic, or paper that is used for making copies of a shape or to help cut material accurately

(Definition of “template” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)