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blueprint

noun
     
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blue‧print [countable]
1 a plan for achieving something
blueprint for
a blueprint for health-care reform
2TBC a photographic print of a plan for a building, machine etc on special blue paper
blueprint for
a blueprint for the new shopping mall
3 technical a pattern that all living cells contain, which decides how a person, animal, or plant develops and what it looks like:
By changing the tomato's genetic blueprint, scientists can alter the rate at which it ripens.

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