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noun [countable] model pronunciation in American English /ˈmɑd(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    a small copy of something such as a building, vehicle, or machine
    model of: The exhibit included a model of the Golden Gate Bridge made from matchsticks.
    working model: a working model of a train
    scale model: They built a scale model of the new sports arena.
  2. 2
    a person whose job is to appear in magazines or fashion shows wearing clothes or makeup (=colors for the lips and face) for sale, so that people will want to buy them
    A lot of models look far too thin.
    fashion model: Ella wants to be a fashion model.
  3. 4
    something such as a system that is so good that people should copy it
    Many countries have shown an interest in the Chinese farming model.
    model for: The system has been used as a model for other organizations.
  4. 5
    someone or something that is a good example of a particular quality
    model of: Melissa was a model of good manners.
    The school was a model of excellence.
  5. 6
    a particular type of vehicle or machine that a company makes
    I’m going to replace my car with a newer model.
  6. 7
    a simple technical description of how something works
    Chapter 5 presents an alternative model for the country’s economic structure.


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