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noun [countable] pattern pronunciation in British English /ˈpætə(r)n/
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  1. 1
    a series of actions or events that together show how things normally happen or are done
    pattern of: Patterns of employment in urban areas are different from those in the countryside.
    pattern of: We examined patterns of behaviour in young children.
    follow a pattern (=happen according to a pattern): Training and education follow different patterns in different regions.
    a pattern emerges/occurs: With such limited data no clear pattern emerges.
    a set/fixed pattern: There is no set pattern for grieving when a loved one dies.
    behaviour/sleep patterns: survival-oriented behaviour patterns
  2. 2
    a set of lines, shapes, or colours that are repeated regularly
    The carpet was old, with strange patterns on it.
    1. b.
      a set of movements that are repeated regularly
      These birds have different flight patterns.


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