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

If everything goes according to plan, the first 60 Starlink satellites will be launched into space on Wednesday. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Wants Global Broadband Internet. Here's His First Step," 13 May 2019 It was assumed that if Meghan was in labor the day of the travel plans, Harry would stay home. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Still Reportedly Plans to Visit the Netherlands Days After the Royal Baby's Birth," 6 May 2019 This was another Guardiola season going exactly according to Guardiola’s plan. ... Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "How Pep Guardiola Lost Control of the Champions League," 18 Apr. 2019 It's been more than four months since IKEA first announced its plans for a Manhattan location, and now, the day is finally here—well, almost. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "IKEA's First Manhattan Location Is Nothing Like Its Other Stores," 10 Apr. 2019 All of the plans come with free returns, and RTR Update and Unlimited get free shipping and insurance. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019 Here are several people's first time stories from both Seventeen readers and Reddit users that, uh, didn't go according to plan. 1. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "13 Virginity Horror Stories That Are Super Cringy," 22 Mar. 2019 One component of that plan: building a steel fence with the assistance of the Department of Defense. Dara Lind, Vox, "William Barr hearing: attorney general nominee’s immigration record aligns with Trump’s," 16 Jan. 2019 All in all, no matter how the tropical weather pans out, Kottlowski advises that everyone living in hurricane-prone areas generate a safety plan. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "AccuWeather's 2019 Hurricane Forecast Predicts as Many as 14 Tropical Storms This Year," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Rather than moving there for an extended period of time as was previously rumored, the royals are reportedly planning a short trip, along with Baby Sussex. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Planning Royal Tour of Africa with Baby Sussex in Fall 2019," 28 Apr. 2019 Further off in the future, rumor has it, Stratolaunch is planning its own rocket design and a reusable spaceplane. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "The World's Largest Plane's First Flight From Every Angle," 15 Apr. 2019 Dustie is also planning to open a second restaurant. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 The monument’s iconic flying buttresses are another late addition, and weren't even planned until the 1300s. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "President Macron Wants to See Notre-Dame Cathedral Restored in Five Years," 16 Apr. 2019 The Navy, per USNI News, says that the Ford won’t be delivered to the fleet in July as originally planned but October. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Delayed, Yet Again," 28 Mar. 2019 But as any longtime Chip and Jo supporter knows, the couple is planning to launch a new TV network with Discovery soon. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Are Chip and Joanna Gaines Secretly Filming for Their New TV Network? An Investigation," 12 Mar. 2019 Now another conspicuously absent series is making its way over, as Capcom plans to release the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy in April. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: New Dune games, Phoenix Wright on PC, and Borderlands 3 rumors," 1 Mar. 2019 The founder of a Chinese hotel company, Tong Tong Zhao, purchased one unit last fall for $13.49 million; singer Sting is also planning to buy in the building, according to The New York Times. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "The Most Expensive Home Ever Sold In The U.S. Is In 220 Central Park South," 24 Jan. 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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