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verb \ˈplant\

Simple Definition of plant

  • : to put (a seed, flower, or plant) in the ground to grow

  • : to fill (an area) with seeds, flowers, or plants

  • : to put or place (something) in the ground

Full Definition of plant

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to put or set in the ground for growth <plant seeds> b :  to set or sow with seeds or plants c :  implant

  3. 2 a :  establish, institute b :  colonize, settle c :  to place (animals) in a new locality d :  to stock with animals

  4. 3 a :  to place in or on the ground b :  to place firmly or forcibly <planted a hard blow on his chin>

  5. 4 a :  conceal b :  to covertly place for discovery, publication, or dissemination

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to plant something

plant·able play \ˈplan-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of plant

  1. I planted corn this year.

  2. I planted the border with roses.

  3. a field planted with corn

  4. She planted stakes in the garden to hold the vines.

  5. I firmly planted my feet and refused to move.

  6. He planted himself in front of the TV and stayed there.

  7. Terrorists planted a bomb in the bus station.

  8. She claims that the police planted the drugs in her car.

  9. He was a spy planted in the office by a rival company.

  10. Someone planted a rumor saying that he had died.

Origin of plant

Middle English, from Old English plantian, from Late Latin plantare to plant, fix in place, from Latin, to plant, from planta plant

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with plant




Simple Definition of plant

  • : a living thing that grows in the ground, usually has leaves or flowers, and needs sun and water to survive

  • : a building or factory where something is made

  • : the land, buildings, and equipment of an organization

Full Definition of plant

  1. 1 a :  a young tree, vine, shrub, or herb planted or suitable for planting b :  any of a kingdom (Plantae) of multicellular eukaryotic mostly photosynthetic organisms typically lacking locomotive movement or obvious nervous or sensory organs and possessing cellulose cell walls

  2. 2 a :  the land, buildings, machinery, apparatus, and fixtures employed in carrying on a trade or an industrial business b :  a factory or workshop for the manufacture of a particular product; also :  power plant c :  the total facilities available for production or service d :  the buildings and other physical equipment of an institution

  3. 3 :  an act of planting

  4. 4 :  something or someone planted

plant·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of plant

  1. The gangsters never suspected that he was a police plant.

  2. <a furniture plant that employs hundreds of people>

Origin of plant

Middle English plante, from Old English, from Latin planta

First Known Use: before 12th century

PLANT Defined for Kids



verb \ˈplant\

Definition of plant


  1. 1 :  to place in the ground to grow <We'll plant seeds in the spring.>

  2. 2 :  to fill with seeds or plants <plant a garden>

  3. 3 :  to set firmly in the ground <They planted posts for a fence.>

  4. 4 :  to place firmly <He planted himself on the couch.>

  5. 5 :  to introduce as a thought or idea

  6. 6 :  to place (someone or something) secretly <… the teacher thought that he was planted in the audience to pep up the discussion … — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>




Definition of plant

  1. 1 :  any member of the kingdom of many-celled mostly photosynthetic living things (as mosses, ferns, grasses, and trees) that lack a nervous system or sense organs and the ability to move about and that have cellulose cell walls

  2. 2 :  the buildings and equipment of an industrial business or an institution <a power plant>

plant·like \ˈplant-ˌlīk\ adjective

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