blueprint

A blueprint is a guide for making something — it's a design or pattern that can be followed. Want to build the best tree house ever? Draw up a blueprint and follow the design carefully.

The literal meaning of a blueprint is a paper — which is blue — with plans for a building printed on it. You can also call other guides or plans blueprints. The way you do your homework every night could provide a blueprint for your little sister’s study habits. A business plan is a blueprint for a profitable business. Religions and philosophies provide the blueprint for many people’s lives. A blueprint helps you figure out what to do.

Definitions of blueprint
  1. noun
    something intended as a guide for making something else
    “a blueprint for a house”
    synonyms: design, pattern
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    type of:
    plan, program, programme
    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
  2. noun
    photographic print of plans or technical drawings etc.
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    type of:
    exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
    a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
  3. verb
    make a blueprint of
    synonyms: draft, draught
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    type of:
    design, plan
    make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
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