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

Calpers has firsthand knowledge of how such projects can turn sour: The board abandoned an earlier plan to develop the same site in 2007. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "U.S. Pension Funds Turn to Riskier Real-Estate Bets," 26 Nov. 2018 Greece’s central bank is also finalizing an urgent plan to relieve local banks of a huge pile of non-performing loans built up during the crisis. Raf Casert, The Seattle Times, "Greece: Creditors approve U-turn on pension cuts," 21 Nov. 2018 Alan Levy, an attorney who lives in Rahway, New Jersey, bought an individual insurance plan through the now-defunct Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey in 2015. Marshall Allen, Ars Technica, "You snooze, you lose: Insurers make the old adage literally true," 21 Nov. 2018 Typically, each plan encompasses several key elements to reverse inflammation, insulin resistance and destruction of vital brain structures. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The activists called on Pelosi to lead Democrats in developing an ambitious, comprehensive plan to address climate change — a Green New Deal. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate activists to Nancy Pelosi: go big or we won’t go home," 14 Nov. 2018 An annual family plan costs $83 for Prime customers. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Kids can now stream approved audiobooks through Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited," 12 Nov. 2018 Between roughly 2000 and 2010, MIT embarked on an ambitious expansion plan, spending $1.4 billion on new buildings by high-profile architects like Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, and Fumihiko Maki. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As top innovation hub expands, can straining local infrastructure keep pace?," 6 Nov. 2018 Write down and practice an emergency plan with your family. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "If Climate Change Is Causing You Anxiety or Even Grief, Experts Say You are Not Alone," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the more recent Schiaparelli incident does highlight how every piece of the landing puzzle must be executed as planned — without any help from those on Earth. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA’s InSight lander has just six and a half minutes to land on Mars in one piece," 21 Nov. 2018 But the credit-rating firms say that if GE’s restructuring goes as planned, there’s no need for further downgrades. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "If GE Debt Gets Junked, Markets Have Reason to Shudder," 20 Nov. 2018 Here’s what we’ve got planned so far: Wednesday 10/31/18 - Send us your couple costumes! Victoria Sines, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Could Be Featured on Harper's BAZAAR's Snapchat," 30 Oct. 2018 Earlier today, People reported that the royal couple sought medical advice about traveling to countries affected by the virus and ultimately decided to go ahead with the trip as planned. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle's Pregnancy Will Affect Her Australia Royal Tour, According to Experts," 15 Oct. 2018 See the shop in the video above and plan your trip to Salem ASAP. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Salem Home Store Is Like West Elm for Witches," 11 Oct. 2018 An Ohio theme park’s opening day didn’t go as planned when its brand new roller coaster had to be shut down after two cars collided. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "'World's fastest' hybrid roller coaster in Ohio shuts down on opening day after two cars collide," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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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