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 onplans 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 plan- (audio) \ adjective
planlessly adverb
planlessness 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

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 See the Gulley Park plan at http://bit.ly/faygulleypark. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Fayetteville parks board opts for fee over park land for subdivision," 6 Jan. 2021 Conservation groups criticized the plan as rushed and lacking protections, particularly for a wetland area known for its birds and caribou habitat. Becky Bohrer, USA TODAY, "Alaska judge sides with Trump administration, allows first oil and gas lease sale in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge," 6 Jan. 2021 The plan has not been approved by the federal government, Gleason’s decision pointed out. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge denies request to halt Trump administration from issuing oil leases in ANWR," 6 Jan. 2021 The plan for destruction was shared and spread on social media. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Dozens shot in Chicago, 5 murdered over holiday weekend," 5 Jan. 2021 Almost a year ago, Macy's announced an ambitious turnaround plan to modernize itself that included shedding about a quarter of its big department stores. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Macy’s is closing 45 stores in the first wave of its turnaround plan," 5 Jan. 2021 The owners of the building housing the restaurant plan to list it for sale. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Concord’s Mel’s Diner location has closed, plus other Bay Area restaurant closures since January," 5 Jan. 2021 Wagner was a focal point for Michigan's game-plan against the Wildcats — on both ends of the court. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "As Michigan basketball finds its stride, so does Franz Wagner," 5 Jan. 2021 DeWine shared additional details about the next phase of the state’s voluntary vaccine plan during his Tuesday coronavirus briefing. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine says coronavirus vaccines for older Ohioans, school workers to begin in two weeks," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The American Hiking Society website has advice on what to wear, what gear to bring and how to plan your trip. Washington Post, "Celebrate these unusual holidays to make 2021 even more fun," 4 Jan. 2021 The Chronicle examined this unrecognized shift and its implications for criminal justice and society in an investigative series that prompted San Francisco to plan to close its juvenile hall. San Francisco Chronicle, "The best of Chronicle storytelling," 1 Jan. 2021 Health officials plan to work with Upper Chesapeake Health when providing vaccines to the community. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air man who participated in trials of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine says ‘no side effects,’ urges others to get their shot," 31 Dec. 2020 Stephens said for the first few months the mass casualty team met twice a day to plan. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "How Lake County hospitals battled COVID-19: Six Flags rain ponchos replace gowns, ER tent rises overnight, nurses declared heroes," 31 Dec. 2020 Big goals for 2020 required a big planner to plan out everything. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 10 worst things our readers bought in 2020—and what they wish they bought instead," 31 Dec. 2020 Those hoping to see the most popular spots would have to plan their trips in advance rather than show up at their leisure. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "New Big Sur plan aims to control tourists at Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls and more hot spots," 30 Dec. 2020 Louisville Metropolitan Police officials also challenge him with failing to plan the raid properly. Anoa Changa, Essence, "‘Slow Justice’ As Officers Responsible For Killing Breonna Taylor Face Possible Termination," 30 Dec. 2020 There’s no reason to plan visits or book tickets for events, normally big reasons why people visit the website. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Free offerings on Cleveland Museum of Art website brighten a winter darkened by coronavirus pandemic," 25 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plan.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Last Updated

12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Plan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plan. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for plan

plan

noun
How to pronounce plan- (audio)

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?

Choose the Right Synonym for plan

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.

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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