\ 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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then plant your feet on the ground and drive through your feet to stand tall. Tatiana Lampa, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 Nikki always had a penchant for gardening and helped her family plant their first grapes on the property back in 1999. Livia Hengel, Forbes, 25 July 2022 During the interview at the course, his daughter, Joni, mentioned the family intends to plant a tree on the course to honor him sometime this year. The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 July 2022 Strome's lower-body injury came on his first shift of the second period, as he was lightly shoved from behind by Lightning forward Ondrej Palat and appeared to awkwardly plant on his right leg. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Their work to plant native grasses and wildflowers on the old farm is considered one of the earliest prairie restoration efforts in the U.S. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2022 Arbor Day began in Nebraska in 1872 and encouraged U.S. residents to plant trees on the holiday. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 2 May 2022 In his will, Mr. McGinnis described learning to plant pine trees on the property from a local forestry expert. Richard Rubin, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Hill drafted a bill to restrict HOAs from forcing residents to plant turf grass on their property. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the early nineteen-eighties, Starbucks’s roasting plant and its six cafés voted to join the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2022 The Taiwanese company is building a $12 billion plant in Arizona and an $8.6 billion factory in Japan. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 2 Aug. 2022 Vary the plant and container sizes, and arrange them on multiple levels. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 2 Aug. 2022 Has there ever been another plant or product with a more interesting history than cannabis? Peter Su, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2022 Pops of greenery and plant life blur the line between the interiors and exteriors, a notion synonymous with the desert in Scottsdale. Roger Sands, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Standing at an impressive 9 feet, 2.5 inches tall and nearly 22 feet long, the 77-million-year-old specimen was excavated in 2018 from the Judith River Formation in Choteau County, Montana, preserved along with fossilized plant and turtle material. Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 1 Aug. 2022 For tree and plant advice, contact the Plant Clinic at The Morton Arboretum (630-719-2424,, or Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2022 Invasive pest and plant management will still be practiced along with some basic upkeep. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 30 July 2022 See More

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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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\ 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, From The Mixed-up Files of 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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