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plant

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verb \ˈplant\

Definition of plant

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to put or set in the ground for growth plant seedsb :  to set or sow with seeds or plantsc :  implant

  3. 2a :  establish, instituteb :  colonize, settlec :  to place (animals) in a new localityd :  to stock with animals

  4. 3a :  to place in or on the groundb :  to place firmly or forcibly planted a hard blow on his chin

  5. 4a :  concealb :  to covertly place for discovery, publication, or dissemination

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to plant something

plantable

play \ˈplan-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of plant in a Sentence

  1. I planted corn this year.

  2. I planted the border with roses.

  3. a field planted with corn

  4. She planted stakes in the garden to hold the vines.

  5. I firmly planted my feet and refused to move.

  6. He planted himself in front of the TV and stayed there.

  7. Terrorists planted a bomb in the bus station.

  8. She claims that the police planted the drugs in her car.

  9. He was a spy planted in the office by a rival company.

  10. Someone planted a rumor saying that he had died.

Recent Examples of plant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of plant

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


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plant

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Definition of plant

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

  2. 2a :  the land, buildings, machinery, apparatus, and fixtures employed in carrying on a trade or an industrial businessb :  a factory or workshop for the manufacture of a particular product; also :  power plantc :  the total facilities available for production or serviced :  the buildings and other physical equipment of an institution

  3. 3 :  an act of planting

  4. 4 :  something or someone planted

plantlike

play \ˈplant-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of plant in a Sentence

  1. The gangsters never suspected that he was a police plant.

  2. a furniture plant that employs hundreds of people

Recent Examples of plant from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of plant

Middle English plante, from Old English, from Latin planta



PLANT Defined for English Language Learners

plant

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verb

Definition of plant for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of plant for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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plant

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verb \ˈplant\

Definition of plant for Students

planted

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planting

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

  2. 2 :  to fill with seeds or plants plant a garden

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

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

  5. 5 :  to introduce as a thought or idea

  6. 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


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plant

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noun

Definition of plant for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  the buildings and equipment of an industrial business or an institution a power plant

plantlike

\ˈplant-ˌlīk\ adjective


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