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

An even better plan would be to keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for a Black Friday price on a new CPU cooler from stores like Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Upgrade to an 8-core, all-AMD gaming PC for cheap with these killer Newegg CPU and GPU deals," 13 Nov. 2018 Many Afghan officials have also expressed opposition to any suspension, but the plan has quiet backing from some in Mr. Ghani’s government. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Considers Asking Afghanistan to Suspend Presidential Election," 13 Nov. 2018 Now those plans may be accelerating, if all goes well at a meeting of VW's supervisory board this coming Friday. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volkswagen plans to make 50 million electric cars, CEO says," 12 Nov. 2018 The most realistic goal of the Australian government’s 45-year plan is: Keep the reef alive as long as possible. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "How Things Got So Bad for the Great Barrier Reef," 25 Oct. 2018 This year trick-or-treaters will dress up and go door to door on Wednesday, October 31, but a controversial petition wants to change that plan. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "There's a Petition Going Around to Move Halloween to the Last Saturday in October," 24 Oct. 2018 Several top business executives have also canceled plans to attend, as has the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde. Suzan Fraser, Fox News, "Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished," 18 Oct. 2018 For example, the plans of the U.S. companies Astrobotic, Blue Origin and Moon Express all seem to overlap at least somewhat with those of ispace. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018 Advocates say the practice is easier to stick to than other diet plans. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now, Van Bramer and Gianaris are teaming up with local activist groups to protest Amazon’s plans on Wednesday. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Amazon’s HQ2 stunt could come back to haunt it," 14 Nov. 2018 There’s a lot of aesthetic and beauty but a big part of it (besides the art) is the science. That’s planning, having a floor plan…you know, things like making sure your sofa fits through the front door. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Original 'Queer Eye' Stars Reunite For TV's Most Stylish Home Makeover Show," 19 Oct. 2018 Khosrowshahi plans to meet with the groups to discuss the issues before the end of the month. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 Germany plans to retire nuclear plants by 2022 and intends to reduce its reliance on coal. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 Wu plans different trading boards for digital assets in the financial, manufacturing, consumer and media industries. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "How Seven Stars Cloud Plans To Spend $283M In West Hartford," 14 July 2018 SHOREWOOD - Ascension Wisconsin plans to purchase the former Sendik's grocery store and convert it into a medical clinic. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Sendik's building in Shorewood could become medical clinic," 13 July 2018 The university also plans to hire additional staff to assist other Temple schools with data collection and oversight. Kelsey Gee, WSJ, "Temple University Fires a Dean Over Falsified M.B.A. Rankings Data," 13 July 2018 The federal government, meanwhile, plans to clean up a plume of cancer-causing solvent discovered beneath a former Kiel Bros. station that threatens drinking water near the Pence family's hometown. Brian Slodysko, Houston Chronicle, "Pence family gas stations left costly environmental legacy," 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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