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 plan- (audio) \ adjective
planlessly adverb
planlessness 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

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 school system’s budgeting does plan for midyear enrollees, but this year there is more uncertainty than ever around enrollment numbers. Washington Post, "Migrant families are leaving D.C.’s public schools. Will they return?," 4 Apr. 2021 But there was a hitch in Pampanin’s plan — the first of many to come. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, "A formerly homeless artist made a gift to Los Angeles. What happened next was a surprise," 4 Apr. 2021 About 28 percent plan to spend more than usual at restaurants. New York Times, "Strong U.S. Job Growth in March Fuels Optimism on Recovery," 2 Apr. 2021 These clinics are still only open to eligible individuals — people who live or work in Carroll County who are in eligible phases of Maryland’s vaccination plan (All of Phase 1 and Phases 2A and 2B). Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Do what’s right’: Carroll County officials urge common courtesy as COVID cases continue rise," 2 Apr. 2021 For example, Obama's plan centered around the American Jobs Act. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "Brent Spence Bridge: How this week may have changed the future of Greater Cincinnati's biggest project," 1 Apr. 2021 Pfizer and BioNTech plan to submit their adolescent data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ask that authorization to provide BNT162b2 be quickly amended to include that age group. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Report: Johnson & Johnson loses 15M vaccine doses in mix-up; most Americans 65 and older fully vaccinated: Live COVID-19 updates," 1 Apr. 2021 The plan, unveiled Wednesday, calls for the creation of a new tax credit to support the construction of high-voltage transmission lines, a major roadblock for the build-out of renewable energy. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Biden’s Big Infrastructure Plan Would Further Boost Renewable Energy," 1 Apr. 2021 The timing of the first meeting was deliberate: a week after the full Cabinet was confirmed and a day after Biden released his infrastructure plan, which will likely dominate Washington through the summer and shape next year’s midterm elections. Jonathan Lemire And Zeke Miller, chicagotribune.com, "Biden holds first Cabinet meeting amid push to promote new infrastructure plan," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But don’t plan on shopping for groceries at Costco, Target or Sam’s Club. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Easter Sunday grocery, drugstore chains: Trader Joe's, Walmart open, while Costco, Target, Publix closed," 4 Apr. 2021 The Village Vanguard also does not plan to open until September. New York Times, "Live Performing Arts Are Returning to N.Y.C., but Not All at Once," 1 Apr. 2021 Don’t plan to get all your vaccinations at the same time to save trips. Nancy Clanton, ajc, "What not to do before, after your COVID-19 shot," 31 Mar. 2021 Just don’t plan to carry a balance with the card, as there’s no introductory interest rate on purchases or balance transfers. Benji Stawski, CNN Underscored, "Now with an 80,000-point bonus: A review of the Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card," 29 Mar. 2021 The Pirates did not plan on including Frazier on the 26-man roster for Opening Day, per multiple reports. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Todd Frazier opts out of deal with Pittsburgh Pirates, becomes free agent," 29 Mar. 2021 Abdullah, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, does not plan to get vaccinated. Washington Post, "‘There’s no virus here’: An epic vaccine race against all odds in Indonesia," 24 Mar. 2021 The Trojans don’t plan to pursue a quarterback in the transfer portal. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Who will step up at left tackle for USC?," 22 Mar. 2021 However, Sarkisian doesn’t plan on throwing out every Herman method. Stephen Wagner, Dallas News, "Steve Sarkisian gauges team buy-in, quarterback battle as Longhorns begin spring football practice," 22 Mar. 2021

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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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6 Apr 2021

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“Plan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plan. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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?

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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