template ( templates plural )
1 n-count A template is a thin piece of metal or plastic which is cut into a particular shape. It is used to help you cut wood, paper, metal, or other materials accurately, or to reproduce the same shape many times.
Trace around your template and transfer the design onto a sheet of card.
2 n-count If one thing is a templatefor something else, the second thing is based on the first thing.
The deal is likely to provide a template for other agreements.
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