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

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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

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 plans for the ... project do not show any curb cuts and the owner did not apply for an accessory-use curb cut during this process, as required. Stephen Rex Brown, chicagotribune.com, "A New York billionaire cut the curb in front of his mansion, scaring off cars and creating a parking space for himself on a crowded street," 12 July 2019 Putin’s conciliatory words came just days after a ban on direct flights between the countries took effect, spoiling holiday plans for many Russian holidaymakers and threatening a large dent in Georgia’s crucial tourism industry. Washington Post, "Georgia will ‘wait and see’ if Putin’s softer tone lasts," 12 July 2019 The move will affect major players like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, and was made as plans for EU-wide tax changes seemed to stall. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The White House social media summit was full of hypocrisy — and comedy," 12 July 2019 The city is currently pursuing plans for the encampment at the front of the store. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "Developer fails to lure homeless residents away from Oakland encampment with cash," 12 July 2019 The villains’ wicked plans for world domination also reflected the changing technological threat. André Millard, Smithsonian, "In Battles of Man Versus Machine, James Bond Always Wins," 12 July 2019 The publication of a 12-page white paper late last month detailing the plans for Libra ignited the controversy. John Harney, Fortune, "‘Little Standing or Dependability:’ Trump Lashes Out at Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency," 12 July 2019 The Redevelopment Commission and the City Council both had to approve plans for Grand Junction Plaza. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Westfield mayor pushed for Grand Junction Plaza project. His two sons profited from the deal.," 11 July 2019 Sharma also declined to discuss specific plans for the site, including the number of jobs or capacity of the facility. Mark Dent, WIRED, "The Hard-Luck Texas Town That Bet on Bitcoin—and Lost," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Van Wingerden says his company is planning to build two more floating platforms next to the dairy farm, one to grow vegetables and another with chickens to farm eggs. Braden Phillips, Smithsonian, "Will Cities of the Future Have Floating Farms?," 13 July 2019 Martin said the company plans to keep all employees at the centers. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Texas MedSpring urgent care centers to rebrand under Medical City Healthcare's CareNow name," 12 July 2019 Catty-corner to Zoi House, a Manhattan developer is planning X-Orlando, which would be the largest residential building in downtown. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "Downtown Orlando could be going up, as towering Vertical Medical City moves forward in North Quarter," 12 July 2019 Amazon is also planning a high-fidelity version of its music service, according to Music Business Worldwide, that should mesh better with the new Echo. Mark Gurman / Bloomberg, Time, "Amazon Is Building a Voice-Controlled Robot That’s Like a 'Mobile Alexa'," 12 July 2019 Another team is planning a 50th birthday party at one of their pep rallies. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Columbia Neighborhood Swim League turns 50," 11 July 2019 Rokae is planning to sell its robot arms to Europe. The Economist, "China’s Silicon Valley is transforming China, but not yet the world," 11 July 2019 Dugger said the group plans to participate in the festivities again next year. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "A Confederate group marched in a Colorado town’s Fourth of July parade. Residents made a unity float to follow right behind it.," 10 July 2019 Wilson says Neighborly no longer plans to participate in Berkeley’s pilot. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "How a Blockchain Could Help Roll Out Berkeley’s Next Fire Truck," 9 July 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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