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 planless (audio) \ 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

If your summer plans look anything like ours, there are bound to be more than several outdoor soirées involved. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "This Camper-Inspired Picnic Blanket Is the Ultimate Retro Accessory for Summer," 11 Apr. 2019 Rumors have been floating around the softball community that a plan is in the works for major renovations to the field, though nothing formal has materialized. Kate Morgan, Woman's Day, "A New Jersey Softball Team Is Lifting Its City's Spirits," 21 Mar. 2019 After another walkout led by Ontario students in September, which included over 100 schools, the 1998 curriculum was scrapped, and a new plan was revealed in March. Indygo Arscott, Teen Vogue, "Ontario Students Hold Walkouts in Protest of Progressive Conservative Party's Policy Proposals," 4 Apr. 2019 Some Democrats are moving beyond the Mueller report to focus on grassroots issues, including 2020 hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, who has introduced a plan to raise funds to increase teacher pay. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Hey, Democrats: Give Markets a Chance," 3 Apr. 2019 Customers will likely be able to withdraw money from an ATM, but plan on teller services not being available. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Are Banks Open on Good Friday This Year?," 11 Mar. 2019 Facebook is far from releasing the coin and is still working on the strategy, including a plan for custody assets, or regular currencies that would be held to protect the value of the stablecoin. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Wealth managers and charities are looking forward to an IPO-rich 2019," 21 Dec. 2018 Toussaint had bigger plans than a postcard for the animals in her kingdom and pushed her team for more figurative three-dimensional pieces. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Cartier Panther Became a Jewelry Icon," 20 Mar. 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have big plans—but the Queen reportedly isn't on board. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Asked for Independence and the Queen Said No," 17 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The monument’s iconic flying buttresses are another late addition, and weren't even planned until the 1300s. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "President Macron Wants to See Notre-Dame Cathedral Restored in Five Years," 16 Apr. 2019 The Navy, per USNI News, says that the Ford won’t be delivered to the fleet in July as originally planned but October. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Delayed, Yet Again," 28 Mar. 2019 But as any longtime Chip and Jo supporter knows, the couple is planning to launch a new TV network with Discovery soon. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Are Chip and Joanna Gaines Secretly Filming for Their New TV Network? An Investigation," 12 Mar. 2019 Now another conspicuously absent series is making its way over, as Capcom plans to release the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy in April. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: New Dune games, Phoenix Wright on PC, and Borderlands 3 rumors," 1 Mar. 2019 The founder of a Chinese hotel company, Tong Tong Zhao, purchased one unit last fall for $13.49 million; singer Sting is also planning to buy in the building, according to The New York Times. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "The Most Expensive Home Ever Sold In The U.S. Is In 220 Central Park South," 24 Jan. 2019 Things don't go as planned for Penny (thanks to the badass Jellybean Jones), and Mama Jones is left to take out the trash. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 None of these services is anywhere near as ambitious or technologically impressive as the service Waymo is planning to roll out later this month. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018 That's probably why Barcelona’s not the first European destination that comes to mind when planning a beauty break abroad. Chris Ciolli, Allure, "Barcelona Travel Guide: 11 Beauty Spots to Visit in Spain’s Most Welcoming City," 11 Mar. 2019

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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 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?

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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