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 The group’s goals are lofty, part of the state’s long-term plan to reshape health care to better serve populations marginalized over generations. oregonlive, "Oregon equity group sends initial vaccine recommendations to state as influence reduced," 15 Jan. 2021 Porter being around the team the last two days was part of the organization’s reintegration plan. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Andre Drummond shows worth, leads Cleveland Cavaliers to 106-103 win over New York Knicks," 15 Jan. 2021 No targeted restrictions have been imposed on Guardiagrele or the surrounding region of Abruzzo, though there is a plan to soon perform widespread testing. Washington Post, "A lab in Italy reported a cluster of the U.K. coronavirus variant. But that wasn’t enough to stop the spread.," 14 Jan. 2021 One of those threats was a plan to avenge Babbitt's death, and other plans included attacks on the Supreme Court and other federal buildings. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Federal authorities warn of 'domestic violent extremists' ahead of inauguration," 13 Jan. 2021 There is no plan to use active-duty forces in security operations. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Top military leaders remind troops of limits of free speech," 12 Jan. 2021 There is no plan to use active-duty forces in security operations. Robert Burns, ajc, "Top military leaders remind troops of limits of free speech," 12 Jan. 2021 But this is all, currently, just a plan, which could change at any moment. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Here’s Why People Are Pleading With Biden To Have An All-Virtual Inauguration," 12 Jan. 2021 There was a plan to protest Cummins’s cross-country book tour. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Angie Craig, Ilhan Omar, Dean Phillips, Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Michelle Fischbach all plan to be there. Patrick Condon, Star Tribune, "For Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a speaking role in Biden's inauguration," 19 Jan. 2021 Most of them plan to strongly encourage their employees to get vaccinated. Anchorage Daily News, "We’re considering mandatory vaccinations, but some of our employees say they don’t want the vaccine," 19 Jan. 2021 Developers plan to turn a Little Italy historic mansion known for decades as a restaurant and bed and breakfast into apartments. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio had at least 17,000 more deaths than average in 2020: The Wake Up for Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021," 19 Jan. 2021 If snow or bad weather forces them off the trail in the Northern states, the hiking partners plan to move to one of the other routes before returning to complete the Appalachian. Los Angeles Times, "Stanford students aim to be youngest to conquer nearly 8,000-mile Triple Crown of hikes," 18 Jan. 2021 Thanks to Biden pushing the matter, the feds now plan to vaccinate at twice the pace originally planned, trusting Moderna and Pfizer can ramp up production quickly enough to provide the second booster dose when needed. Tom Keane, BostonGlobe.com, "Three reasons why I know we have a great couple years ahead," 18 Jan. 2021 Looking forward, the authors plan on studying just how vehicle speed affects in-vehicle airflow and how much rolling the windows down part of the way helps, or hurts, the chance of infection. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "Yes, Rolling Down Windows Can Reduce COVID Transmissions in a Car," 18 Jan. 2021 Nine South Alabama football players plan to take advantage of the NCAA’s blanket waiver granting an additional season of eligibility for 2021. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Which South Alabama football players plan to use extra year of eligibility in 2021?," 16 Jan. 2021 Democrats are supportive of the direct payments and now plan to vote on the $2,000 check proposal on Monday. Time, "House GOP Blocks Democrats' Bid for $2,000 Stimulus Checks," 24 Dec. 2020

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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

24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Plan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plan. Accessed 27 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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