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plan

noun \ ˈplan \

Definition of plan

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
2 a :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

planless

play \ˈplan-ləs\ adjective

planlessly

adverb

planlessness

noun

Examples of plan in a Sentence

  1. the army's plan of attack

  2. We need to agree on a plan of action.

  3. Our plan was to have the guests park on the street, not the lawn.

  4. When we met them at the restaurant, they said there had been a change of plan.

  5. He changed his long-distance plan.

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Origin and Etymology of plan

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

Synonym Discussion of plan

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

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plan

verb

Definition of plan

planned; planning
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

planner

noun

Examples of plan in a Sentence

  1. We are busy planning the party.

  2. The prisoners spent months planning their escape.

  3. a teacher planning her next lesson

  4. The students are planning a protest.

  5. We have something very special planned for your birthday.

  6. Their wedding is planned for June.

  7. a planned series of books about cars

  8. Things don't always go as planned.

  9. Always remember to plan ahead.

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First Known Use of plan

1718


plan-

combining form
variants: or plano-

Definition of plan-

1 :flat
  • planography
2 :flat and
  • plano-concave

Origin and Etymology of plan-

Latin planus

PLAN Defined for English Language Learners

plan

noun

Definition of plan for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of plan for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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plan

noun \ ˈplan \

Definition of plan for Students

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

Synonym Discussion of plan

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.

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plan

verb

Definition of plan for Students

planned; planning
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?

Law Dictionary

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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