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English adjective: model

1. model worthy of imitation

SamplesExemplary behavior.
Model citizens.




English noun: model

1. model (cognition) a hypothetical description of a complex entity or process

SamplesThe computer program was based on a model of the circulatory and respiratory systems.

Synonymsframework, theoretical account

Broader (hypernym)hypothesis, possibility, theory

Narrower (hyponym)computer simulation, Copernican system, M-theory, mean sun, Ptolemaic system, simulation, stochastic process, string theory

2. model (cognition) a type of product

SamplesHis car was an old model.

Broader (hypernym)form, kind, sort, variety

3. model (person) a person who poses for a photographer or painter or sculptor

SamplesThe president didn't have time to be a model so the artist worked from photos.


Broader (hypernym)assistant, help, helper, supporter

Narrower (hyponym)artist's model, dressmaker's model, photographer's model, sitter

4. model (artifact) representation of something (sometimes on a smaller scale)


Broader (hypernym)representation

Narrower (hyponym)figure, globe, mock-up, planetarium, restoration, roughcast

5. model (cognition) something to be imitated

SamplesAn exemplar of success.
A model of clarity.
He is the very model of a modern major general.

Synonymsexample, exemplar, good example

Broader (hypernym)ideal

Narrower (hyponym)beaut, beauty, pacemaker, pacesetter, pattern, prodigy

6. model (person) someone worthy of imitation

SamplesEvery child needs a role model.

Synonymsrole model

Broader (hypernym)leader

Narrower (hyponym)apotheosis, fashion arbiter, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint, taste-maker, trend-setter

7. model (cognition) a representative form or pattern

SamplesI profited from his example.


Broader (hypernym)internal representation, mental representation, representation

Narrower (hyponym)archetype, epitome, guide, holotype, image, loadstar, lodestar, microcosm, original, paradigm, pilot, prefiguration, prototype, template, templet, type specimen

8. model (person) a woman who wears clothes to display fashions

SamplesShe was too fat to be a mannequin.

Synonymsfashion model, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin

Broader (hypernym)assistant, help, helper, supporter

Narrower (hyponym)supermodel

9. model (act) the act of representing something (usually on a smaller scale)

Synonymsmodeling, modelling

Broader (hypernym)representation

Narrower (hyponym)simulation

English verb: model

1. model (creation) plan or create according to a model or models


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)copy, imitate, simulate

Narrower (hyponym)scale, sovietise, sovietize

2. model (creation) form in clay, wax, etc

SamplesModel a head with clay.

ExamplesDid he model his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymsmold, mould

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

3. model (perception) assume a posture as for artistic purposes

SamplesWe don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often.

Synonymspose, posture, sit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)display, exhibit, expose

Narrower (hyponym)ramp

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

4. model (perception) display (clothes) as a mannequin

SamplesModel the latest fashion.

ExamplesThey model the cape

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)display, exhibit, expose

5. model (creation) create a representation or model of

SamplesThe pilots are trained in conditions simulating high-altitude flights.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)re-create

6. model (creation) construct a model of

SamplesModel an airplane.

Synonymsmock up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, represent

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