plant

verb
\ˈplant \
planted; planting; plants

Definition of plant 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to put or set in the ground for growth plant seeds

b : to set or sow with seeds or plants

c : implant

2a : establish, institute

b : colonize, settle

c : to place (animals) in a new locality

d : to stock with animals

3a : to place in or on the ground

b : to place firmly or forcibly planted a hard blow on his chin

4a : conceal

b : to covertly place for discovery, publication, or dissemination

intransitive verb

: to plant something

plant

noun

Definition of plant (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a young tree, vine, shrub, or herb planted or suitable for planting

b : any of a kingdom (Plantae) of multicellular eukaryotic mostly photosynthetic organisms typically lacking locomotive movement or obvious nervous or sensory organs and possessing cellulose cell walls

2a : the land, buildings, machinery, apparatus, and fixtures employed in carrying on a trade or an industrial business

b : a factory or workshop for the manufacture of a particular product also : power plant

c : the total facilities available for production or service

d : the buildings and other physical equipment of an institution

3 : an act of planting

4 : something or someone planted

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Other Words from plant

Verb

plantable \ ˈplan-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

Noun

plantlike \ ˈplant-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of plant in a Sentence

Verb

I planted corn this year. I planted the border with roses. a field planted with corn She planted stakes in the garden to hold the vines. I firmly planted my feet and refused to move. He planted himself in front of the TV and stayed there. Terrorists planted a bomb in the bus station. She claims that the police planted the drugs in her car. He was a spy planted in the office by a rival company. Someone planted a rumor saying that he had died.

Noun

The gangsters never suspected that he was a police plant. a furniture plant that employs hundreds of people
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sunflowers are planted by hand each year to attract game birds. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Giant, yellow sunflowers are in peak bloom in the Washington region," 11 July 2018 At top, a gray angelfish swims along a reef where coral has been planted by restoration workers. Evan Halper, latimes.com, "Racing to save Florida’s coral from climate change, scientists turn to a once-unthinkable strategy: ‘assisted evolution’," 9 July 2018 The trees, in 5-gallon to 15-gallon pots, will be professionally planted by the Davey Resource Group. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego woman aims to plant 1,000 trees," 7 July 2018 Schlimmer argued that may have been planted by the son, who knew about the 9mm and had access to Frantz's Kansas City, Kan., apartment. Max Londberg, kansascity, "On trial in Kansas for murdering her husband, defense points finger at her son," 6 July 2018 The two vegetable beds were started five years ago, planted by a local master gardener and sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "North Township gardens come to life," 2 July 2018 The original Hawthorn thorn is said to have been planted by Joseph of Arimathea — the owner of the tomb where Jesus Christ's body lay from Good Friday until Easter. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Planning A Historical Milestone," 23 June 2018 Holmes and Theranos’s PR team deflected these critics by citing intellectual property concerns and suggesting that any complaints were being planted by rival testing companies such as Quest and Laboratory Corporation. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with criminal fraud," 15 June 2018 But the seeds of doubt about who killed his father weren't planted by that notion. CBS News, "RFK Jr. reflects on his father's life and the circumstances of his death," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In 2017, Germany got more than one-third of its energy for electricity from coal and nearly 12 percent from nuclear plants. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 The Ohio Democrat buys all of his suits from the Keystone Tailored Manufacturing plant located about ten miles away from his Cleveland-area home. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "President Trump Talks 'America First,' But Sherrod Brown Wears It," 11 July 2018 In 2017, Germany got more than one-third of its energy for electricity from coal and nearly 12 percent from nuclear plants. Calvin Woodward And Hope Yen, chicagotribune.com, "Trump is in Europe and the truth is not with him: A fact check," 14 July 2018 In 2017, Germany got more than one-third of its energy for electricity from coal and nearly 12 percent from nuclear plants. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018 The nontoxic biodegradable formula is made from plants and never tested on animals. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Can this eco-friendly body glitter change music festival culture?," 12 July 2018 Whales that live off the coast of Seattle, Tacoma and other cities are effectively urban whales buffeted by municipal and industrial waste, and the occasional spillage from wastewater treatment plants into the ocean. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 That matters because the Trump administration continues to block the Clean Power Plan, which seeks to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-burning plants. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "The Future of Former EPA Chief Scott Pruitt's Anti-Science Legacy," 6 July 2018 The rollback of regulations targeting carbon emissions from energy plants and a delay in the implementation of water-quality rules are among the steps Pruitt took to dismantle Obama-era environmental policies. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "7 ways Scott Pruitt's legacy at EPA will live on," 6 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'plant.' 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 plant

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for plant

Verb

Middle English, from Old English plantian, from Late Latin plantare to plant, fix in place, from Latin, to plant, from planta plant

Noun

Middle English plante, from Old English, from Latin planta

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plant

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to put (a seed, flower, or plant) in the ground to grow

: to fill (an area) with seeds, flowers, or plants

: to put or place (something) in the ground

plant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a living thing that grows in the ground, usually has leaves or flowers, and needs sun and water to survive

: a building or factory where something is made

: the land, buildings, and equipment of an organization

plant

verb
\ˈplant \
planted; planting

Kids Definition of plant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to place in the ground to grow We'll plant seeds in the spring.

2 : to fill with seeds or plants plant a garden

3 : to set firmly in the ground They planted posts for a fence.

4 : to place firmly He planted himself on the couch.

5 : to introduce as a thought or idea

6 : to place (someone or something) secretly … the teacher thought that he was planted in the audience to pep up the discussion …— E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

plant

noun

Kids Definition of plant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : any member of the kingdom of many-celled mostly photosynthetic living things (as mosses, ferns, grasses, and trees) that lack a nervous system or sense organs and the ability to move about and that have cellulose cell walls

2 : the buildings and equipment of an industrial business or an institution a power plant

Other Words from plant

plantlike \ ˈplant-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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