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 onplans 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 planless (audio) \ adjective
planlessly adverb
planlessness noun

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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 To prepare for those events, people should stay informed about upcoming disasters, build emergency kits to store at home and in vehicles, make an emergency plan and be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks, the agency says. oregonlive, "Wildfires remind Oregonians to revisit, rethink emergency kits at home: Here’s what you need," 16 Sep. 2020 As a condition of the sale, Briggs & Stratton's pension plan will be taken over by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., a federal government agency. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bankruptcy judge approves sale of Briggs & Stratton," 17 Sep. 2020 Criminologist Daniel Nagin and statistician Amelia Haviland at Carnegie Mellon University plan to document the impact of the pandemic on jail populations and explore how population changes in U.S. jails relate to crime rates. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Pandemic inspires new push to shrink jails and prisons," 17 Sep. 2020 While the law originally included a financial penalty for Americans without health insurance, that penalty went away under the Trump administration, starting in the 2019 plan year. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, "Number of uninsured Arizonans grew by 60K last year, report says. And then the pandemic hit.," 17 Sep. 2020 That plan was shelved in favor of working with the state on a road that’ll likely end up being a state highway. Ron Wood, Arkansas Online, "XNA officials hoping for a new road, cargo carriers by 2025," 17 Sep. 2020 When it was hatched back in March, the government’s plan seemed like a bargain. George Selgin, National Review, "A Real Lifeboat for Main Street," 17 Sep. 2020 Concerns about myocarditis lessened based on medical experts’ opinions and a rigorous plan to check hearts of athletes who do test positive for COVID-19. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State AD confused by rumors of opt-out, says COVID-19 disruption of play 'inevitable'," 17 Sep. 2020 But as the 2020 presidential campaign hits the final stretch coming out of the Democratic and Republican national political conventions, the Trump campaign’s plan kicked into high gear. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, "Trump campaign makes full-court press in battleground New Hampshire," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Under the proposal, the US government would approve members of TikTok's board, and the company would plan to file for an initial public offering on a US stock exchange in about 12 months, the person said. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The hot tech IPOs just keep coming," 18 Sep. 2020 The rise is skewed toward backers of the former vice president, 53% of whom plan to vote by mail. Star Tribune, "AP-NORC poll: Majority plan to vote before Election Day," 18 Sep. 2020 Training camps, for now, are slated to start in mid-November; the Wings will hold theirs at Little Caesars Arena, but plan to return to Traverse City in 2021. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings 2020-21 opening lineup: Our predictions for who'll be out there Night 1," 17 Sep. 2020 That's where the developers plan to put a private park. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "Fire victim descendants sue Southgate over Beverly Hills Supper Club site development," 17 Sep. 2020 Now, as polls show that Protestants, Catholics, and other Christians plan to vote for Trump over Biden, Daly said there’s hope that the president will do even more to help. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Top Christian explains Trumpmania: He’s our ‘alley fighter’," 17 Sep. 2020 On the one hand, Wisniewski said teachers have done a fabulous job to prepare resources, standardize their virtual learning platforms and plan daily schedules. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mom: virtual school is better than expected, but teachers and parents have to work too hard.," 17 Sep. 2020 The surge in online shopping creates challenges for cities that still plan for growth and transportation needs based on people shopping at stores. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Amazon plans 1,000 small delivery hubs in cities, neighborhoods across U.S.," 17 Sep. 2020 Check the events calendar online and plan to arrive early or prepare to wait on those nights. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "10 spacious outdoor restaurant patios in San Francisco, Bay Area," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plan. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for plan

plan

noun
How to pronounce plan- (audio)

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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