plan

noun
\ ˈplan How to pronounce plan (audio) \

Definition of plan

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a drawing or diagram drawn on a plane: such as
a : a top or horizontal view of an object
b : a large-scale map of a small area
2a : a method for achieving an end
b : an often customary method of doing something : procedure
c : a detailed formulation of a program of action
d : goal, aim
3 : an orderly arrangement of parts of an overall design or objective
4 : a detailed program (as for payment or the provision of some service) pension plan

plan

verb
planned; planning

Definition of plan (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to arrange the parts of : design plan a new layout
2 : to devise or project the realization or achievement of planned their escape
3 : to have in mind : intend plans to leave soon

intransitive verb

1 : to make plans plan ahead
2 : to have a specified intention used with on plans on going
variants: or plano-

Definition of plan- (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : flat planography
2 : flat and plano-concave

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Other Words from plan

Noun

planless \ ˈplan-​ləs How to pronounce plan- (audio) \ adjective
planlessly adverb
planlessness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for plan

Noun

plan, design, plot, scheme, project mean a method devised for making or doing something or achieving an end. plan always implies mental formulation and sometimes graphic representation. plans for a house design often suggests a particular pattern and some degree of achieved order or harmony. a design for a new dress plot implies a laying out in clearly distinguished sections with attention to their relations and proportions. the plot of the play scheme stresses calculation of the end in view and may apply to a plan motivated by craftiness and self-interest. a scheme to defraud the government project often stresses imaginative scope and vision. a project to develop the waterfront

Examples of plan in a Sentence

Noun the army's plan of attack We need to agree on a plan of action. Our plan was to have the guests park on the street, not the lawn. When we met them at the restaurant, they said there had been a change of plan. He changed his long-distance plan. Verb We are busy planning the party. The prisoners spent months planning their escape. a teacher planning her next lesson The students are planning a protest. We have something very special planned for your birthday. Their wedding is planned for June. a planned series of books about cars Things don't always go as planned. Always remember to plan ahead.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to the plan, the boundaries of the Royal Oak Social District would include Main Street for several blocks both north and south of 11 Mile Road, and on cross streets south of 11 Mile including 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th streets. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak to establish 'social district' allowing strollers to consume alcohol downtown," 16 Apr. 2021 Republicans are united in opposition to a plan that would undo the conservative majority on the Supreme Court, and even many Democrats critical of the court are reluctant to prejudge the issue while Mr. Biden’s commission is at work. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Democratic Lawmakers Present Plan to Expand Supreme Court," 15 Apr. 2021 While the ad cast the effort as nonpartisan and didn’t commit to a single plan, the effort underscored the growing friction between Corporate America — a group historically in synch with Republican priorities — and the GOP establishment. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Corporate America takes out an ad in backlash to states restricting ‘the right to vote’," 14 Apr. 2021 If all goes according to plan, the third season would follow Benedict (Luke Thompson) and the fourth would follow Colin (Luke Newton). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bridgerton Has Been Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4," 13 Apr. 2021 For a moment, Trey Sermon saw everything playing out according to plan. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Will Trey Sermon pick up in the NFL where he left off for Ohio State?," 13 Apr. 2021 Regional tensions have made surrounding countries even less receptive to the plan. New York Times, "Japan’s Plan for Fukushima Wastewater Meets a Wall of Mistrust in Asia," 13 Apr. 2021 The campaign, which will focus on print and digital advertising, is a clear response to lawmakers’ plan to use drug pricing reforms to help pay for expensive new public policies this year. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "PhRMA’s new message to Washington: Don’t take us for granted," 13 Apr. 2021 If all goes according to plan, the summer will be a significant boost to a live event industry that lost $30 billion in revenue in 2020, according to Pollstar, a concert trade publication. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "All the big summer music festivals still on for 2021," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Individuals will be required to plan their visit in advance and provide information about their current health status. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, "Santa Cruz Boardwalk to reopen this week - other big California amusement parks soon to follow," 29 Mar. 2021 Households, on average, are using, or plan to use about one-third of the money to pay down debt, about 25% on spending and put the rest into savings, according to a report released last week from the New York Federal reserve. Sarah Skidmore Sell, chicagotribune.com, "Poll: 38 million Americans worse off financially. ‘I am slowly getting back on my feet but am nowhere near where I was before COVID.’," 13 Apr. 2021 Households, on average, are using, or plan to use about one-third of the money to pay down debt, about 25% on spending and put the rest into savings, according to a report released last week from the New York Federal Reserve. CBS News, "A year into pandemic, 15% of Americans find themselves in a deepening financial hole, poll finds," 13 Apr. 2021 Tracy knows she is privileged to be able to plan this move and to have the resources to make it comfortably — to choose while others are forcibly displaced. John D. Sutter, CNN, "California wildfires. Hurricanes on the coast. Is anywhere safe from the climate crisis?," 12 Apr. 2021 The difficulties experienced by some virtual learners are setting off alarm bells in households and administrative offices alike, as parents and school officials plan for the fall and ponder how the online experience should fit in. Washington Post, "Kids are returning to classrooms. But what will happen to those who stay at home?," 11 Apr. 2021 The event, usually held in May, has been pushed back to give the Chamber more time to plan and make changes to keep everyone safe in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the Chamber newsletter. Arkansas Online, "Calendar 4-11-21," 11 Apr. 2021 These sorts of unexpected sounds are a tough thing to plan for and can’t be categorized as some sort of civil-engineering error, says Fierstein. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, "A Brooklyn Building Is Screeching, We Asked an Acoustician Why," 9 Apr. 2021 Some leaders may have concerns about making their long-term intentions clear years in advance of their departure, but doing so is what gives everyone else the space to thoughtfully plan and work through the pretransition process. Mark Steffe, Forbes, "Three Key Succession Planning Lessons For Your Leadership Transition," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of plan

Noun

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 2c

Verb

1718, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for plan

Noun

French, plane, foundation, ground plan; partly from Latin planum level ground, from neuter of planus level; partly from French planter to plant, fix in place, from Late Latin plantare — more at floor, plant

Combining form

Latin planus

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18 Apr 2021

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“Plan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plan. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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plan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a set of actions that have been thought of as a way to do or achieve something
: something that a person intends to do
: a detailed agreement for telephone service, medical care, insurance, etc.

plan

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plan (Entry 2 of 2)

: to think about and arrange the parts or details of (something) before it happens or is made
: to intend or expect to do (something)
: to expect something to happen

plan

noun
\ ˈplan How to pronounce plan (audio) \

Kids Definition of plan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a method or scheme of acting, doing, or arranging vacation plans They were nervous because … their plan was indeed a risky one.— Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy
2 : a drawing or diagram showing the parts or outline of something

plan

verb
planned; planning

Kids Definition of plan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to form a diagram of or for : arrange the parts or details of ahead of time plan a bridge plan a picnic
2 : to have in mind : intend What are you planning to do with the leftovers?

Choose the Right Synonym for plan

Noun

plan, plot, and scheme mean a method of making or doing something or achieving an end. plan is used when some thinking was done beforehand often with something written down or pictured. The builder proposed a plan for a new school. plot is used for a complicated, carefully shaped plan of several parts. plot can be used of the plan of a story. It's a mystery story with a good plot. It can also be used of a secret, usually evil plan. The robbery plot was uncovered. scheme is used when there is a tricky plan often for evil reasons. The scheme to cheat people backfired.

plan

noun

Legal Definition of plan

1 : a diagram of an area of land (as a subdivision) filed in the registry of deeds — see also plot plan
2 : a detailed program especially : one made under chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code that places future earnings under the control of a trustee, provides for the payment of creditors, and is subject to approval by the creditors

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