\ ˈplant How to pronounce plant (audio) \
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
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



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


plantable \ ˈplan-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce plant (audio) \ adjective


plantlike \ ˈplant-​ˌlīk How to pronounce plant (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for plant

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Lauer explained that a dry spring allows farmers to plant without fighting wet fields. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 June 2021 For centuries the position of the sun at specific times was an indication of how to plant or harvest crops or practice day-to-day tasks or rituals. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2021 Be sure to plant both unless a neighbor has the correct male (same species). oregonlive, 14 June 2021 Now here’s the important part: Do not plant irises too deep! Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2021 So go ahead and plant a charming little lime tree just outside your patio door. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 An increase in supply could ease prices gains, particularly because at these levels there is strong incentive for farmers to plant more crops, Patterson said. Hanna Ziady, CNN, 9 June 2021 If China ever moves on Taiwan and war breaks out in the western Pacific, Japan might surge its subs north of Taiwan to block Chinese submarines while, south of Taiwan, American drone subs plant their own blockade. David Axe, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Leaseholders eager to plant lucrative but water-intensive grapes levelled large sections of forest in 2017. Reuters, ABC News, 6 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The African lowlands provided enough water and thus abundant plant and animal food resources for our ancestors. David Bressan, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Mary Sebastian—or Mary Petrovna Alferova, according to her Soviet passport—came to Nizhny Novgorod in the 1930s as a teenager with her father, an engineer helping to build an automobile plant. Anna Nemtsova, The Atlantic, 16 June 2021 Calitri was among Pfizer executives who picked the Kalamazoo plant and McEvoy’s team to formulate doses, fill vials, and ship boxes of vaccine packed with dry ice. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 In partnership with Million Trees Miami, Verizon and Arbor Day Foundation, there will be a beautification project and tree and plant giveaway at Historic Hampton House in Miami. Mallory Schnell,, 15 June 2021 Perfect for first-time gardeners, Kitchen Minis combine the delight of a homegrown harvest with the ease of growing an indoor plant. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 June 2021 The island’s plant and animal life, the hemp roofs of its traditional houses, and its fusion history—from a Viking past to a current Namibian community—are also reflected in the notes. Sandra Ramani, Robb Report, 15 June 2021 Ana Chau, 38, works in an oyster shucking processing plant with about 30 people. al, 14 June 2021 In southern climates, plant and divide from July to early November. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of plant


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


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

History and Etymology for plant


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


Middle English plante, from Old English, from Latin planta

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“Plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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



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
US : the land, buildings, and equipment of an organization


\ ˈplant How to pronounce plant (audio) \
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



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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