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patternnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpæt̬·ərn/

pattern noun [C] (WAY)

a ​particular way in which something is done or ​organized, or in which something ​happens: Our ​weather pattern comes from the ​northwest. A ​wholevariety of ​behavior patterns ​affectinfants.

pattern noun [C] (SHAPES)

a ​regulararrangement of ​lines, ​shapes, or ​colors: A ​humanfingerprint can be ​viewed as a ​geometric pattern. A pattern is also a ​design or set of ​shapes that show how to make something: a ​dress pattern
adjective  us   /ˈpæt̬·ərnd/
a ​rose and ​black patterned ​skirt
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uk   /ˈpæt.ən/  us   /ˈpæt̬.ɚn/

pattern noun (WAY)

B2 [C] a ​particular way in which something is done, is ​organized, or ​happens: The pattern of ​familylife has been ​changing over ​recentyears. A pattern is ​beginning to ​emerge from ​ouranalysis of the ​accidentdata. In this ​type of ​mentalillness, the ​usual pattern is ​bouts of ​depressionalternating with ​elation. Many behaviour(al) patterns have been ​identified in the ​chimpcolony.
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pattern noun (ARRANGEMENT)

B1 [C] any ​regularlyrepeatedarrangement, ​especially a ​design made from ​repeatedlines, ​shapes, or ​colours on a ​surface: Look, the ​frost has made a ​beautiful pattern on the ​window. The ​curtains had a floral pattern.
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pattern noun (EXAMPLE)

[C usually singular] something that is used as an ​example, ​especially to ​copy: The ​design is so good it's ​sure to set the pattern for many ​others.

pattern noun (DRAWING)

B2 [C] a ​drawing or ​shape used to show how to make something: a ​knitting pattern a ​dress pattern Cut out all of the ​pieces from the ​paper pattern and ​pin them on the ​cloth.

pattern noun (PIECE)

[C] a ​smallpiece of ​cloth or ​paper taken from a usual-sized ​piece and used to show what it ​looks like: a pattern ​book
(Definition of pattern from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pattern" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈpætən/
[C] a particular way in which something usually ​happens or is done: a pattern of sth A pattern of ​sluggishconsumerdemand made ​growthtargets impossibly high.a pattern emerges A pattern is ​emerging of a ​steadyreduction in ​costs and ​increasedsales.establish/fall into/follow a pattern The decision ​follows a pattern that has become ​increasingly common in the ​foodindustry.identify/reveal/show a pattern An ​examination of ​officialdocumentsshows a pattern of ​constructioncostoverruns.a changing/different/similar pattern changing patterns of ​employmenta consumption/growth/spending pattern High ​joblessness and ​changingconsumption patterns will ​result in ​moderatesales. Organizations must ​address the ​needs of ​workers with diverse career patterns and ​goals.
[C] a way of doing something that other ​people, ​organizations, etc. can ​copy: set the pattern for sth The ​talks have set the pattern for ​trying to solve problems within the ​industry.
a holding pattern a ​situation where there is little ​activity or ​change, and ​people are not doing ​business, ​spendingmoney, etc. because they cannot decide what to do next: be in/go into a holding pattern Several ​deals went into an immediate ​holding pattern after the ​crisis.

patternadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈpætən/ HR
used to describe an ​agreementbased on similar ​agreements with other ​companies: a pattern agreement/contract The ​contract was viewed by bargainers as a pattern ​agreement to be used in ​negotiations with the ​carcompany. The traditional pattern ​bargaining that went on in the ​autoindustry has gone.

patternverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈpætən/
be patterned after/on sth to be ​copied from something or to be very similar to something: The ​facility will ​employ 150 ​people and be patterned after the ​steel fastener ​facility in Saint Joe, Indiana.
(Definition of pattern from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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