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My research shows that the word Template exists only as a noun.

Dictionary.com

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I feel comfortable using the word to Template, or Templating (as a verb or gerund), to express the process of creating a template, though it doesn't exist...

Or is there a good word to describe this that does exist?

My need is a bit tricky - I'm referring to a process where you create a template and then create documents based on it. So perhaps we could say:

Start the Document (templating/other word) process.

  • Model, guide, plan, coin, create.... How do you plan to use the word in a sentence? What is your objection to "create a template"? – Mark Hubbard Feb 16 '17 at 14:40
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    @Drew - can you back that up with something? – DAE Feb 16 '17 at 14:43
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    Sure: use it as a verb and it will be a verb. Perfectly understandable to any English speaker. No problem. If you want to wait a few years after you've used it and spread it around, and then read about it as a verb in the OED, then wait. – Drew Feb 16 '17 at 14:45
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    @Drew: I think you've pretty much solutioned OP's problem there! :) – FumbleFingers Feb 16 '17 at 14:49
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    If you want support for @Drew's assertion, comics have you covered: Calvin and Hobbes, Get Fuzzy, XKCD – 1006a Feb 20 '17 at 23:07
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Modeling (in the sense of creating a model or template) should come close.

dictionary.com:

model verb (used without object), modeled, modeling or (especially British) modelled, modelling.
22. to make models

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Template as a verb is well established in a few areas, such as replacing boat cushion covers.

The more precise the pattern you provide will result in a more exact fitting boat cushion. (For local customers we'll come and template every boat cushion needed for a flat $150 fee.)

http://www.foamorder.com/cushions/boat-cushions.html

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Why not use the verb form?

'Create a template'

'Create a document using the (a) template'

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