plan

noun
\ ˈplan \

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 \ adjective
planlessly adverb
planlessness noun

Verb

planner 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

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.

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

The buildings coincide with plans for a Speedway fueling center at the northwest corner of Christina Drive and Route 72, which will include a 4,600-square foot convenience store, a Speedy Cafe, 10 gasoline pumps and four commercial diesel lanes. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "East Dundee to get another gun range," 13 July 2018 And consumer advocates said utility companies will often come up with payment plans for customers trying to chip away at their unpaid bills rather than cutting them off. New York Times, "‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life," 13 July 2018 One key component of the bond proposal also being considered is a six-year plan for new computers, classroom technology, network equipment and hardware system upgrades totaling approximately $178.7 million. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend ISD officials propose $178 million technology package for not-yet-approved school bond election," 13 July 2018 The seller was a partnership linked with local development firm Blackburn Properties, which bought 200 acres of land there in 2016 with plans for a mixed-use development. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Round Rock theater chain enters San Antonio market with land purchase on far West Side," 13 July 2018 Today the condo has a completely modern feel with a sweeping open plan for the dining area and spacious living room with windows facing every direction but south. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: 4-bedroom Tarkington Tower condo for $550K means amenities plus view," 13 July 2018 Mr Trump’s criticisms echo those of hard-Brexiteers, who complain that keeping close ties to the EU will scupper plans for trade deals with other countries. The Economist, "Donald Trump lays into Britain’s Brexit plan," 13 July 2018 On the site, a friendly, digital retirement coach named Avo℠ offers a personalized action plan for getting your retirement savings on track. Stephanie Walden, USA TODAY, "How to find balance and get your retirement plan back on track," 13 July 2018 Among his achievements were a master plan for the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, plans for Liberty Place in Center City, and renovation plans for mansions in Society Hill and on Rittenhouse Square. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Thomas A. Todd, 90, Philly architect and painter," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The researchers plan to modify this selfish gene to create daughterless mice: females carrying two copies will give birth only to males, potentially leading to a population crash. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Controversial CRISPR “Gene Drives” Tested in Mammals for the First Time," 10 July 2018 The fire was allegedly caused by a planned fireworks display that reportedly caused the lighting rig to catch fire, which was resolved quickly. Aja Hoggatt, EW.com, "Bruno Mars, band okay after stage fire — and he even improvised a song about it," 10 July 2018 The Office of Transportation is planning a series of bikeshare demonstrations in partnership with the Howard County Library System this summer and fall, as well as a demonstration at the Columbia lakefront Whole Foods Market in August. Kate Magill, Howard County Times, "County hopes to double use of bikeshare program in second year," 9 July 2018 Meanwhile Trump is planning to announce his candidate to replace Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy via a prime time TV special tonight. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Today’s daily deal: Groupon wants to sell itself," 9 July 2018 Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s latest North Korea trip didn’t go exactly as planned. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Mike Pompeo called US-North Korea talks “productive.” Hours later, North Korea says they were “regrettable.”," 7 July 2018 Still, a local caucus proceeded as planned on June 30, during which McEuen was selected to appear on the November ballot against Moseley. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "State GOP error nixes Porter candidacy," 6 July 2018 Earlier this year the Pentagon told AFRICOM to plan for a possible 50% cut in the number of special forces in Africa over three years. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Here’s a look at what Waste Management officials have begun planning for the 500-acre swath near Coconut Creek. Anne Geggis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Mount Trashmore, the landfill that's over 20 stories, will grow bigger and taller," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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?

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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