\ 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 Some of the changes in productivity come from farmers’ decisions, like choosing to plant more in order to make up for a dry year, or less to mitigate the fertilizer price hikes created by Russia withholding exports. WIRED, 9 Sep. 2022 Today, with universal availability of things to plant in the spring, many just let their plants die back and start over at the beginning of next season. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2022 Here are some of our absolute favorite spring-blooming varieties to plant in your garden this fall. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 24 Aug. 2022 Think ahead to plant the right flowers, fruits, and vegetables in the right conditions. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, last year Meta enlisted a political lobbying firm to secretly plant negative opinion pieces about TikTok in U.S. news outlets. Todd Spangler, Variety, 26 July 2022 His grandfather was the first to plant Vermentino grapes in this region. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Farmers were allowed to plant in flood-prone land and reimbursed for their crops, which is much cheaper than constructing new levees. Mikhail Chester, Scientific American, 22 July 2022 There is time to plant more of the nectar plants for the fall butterflies, including the monarchs that will be migrating through San Antonio on their way to their wintering ground in Central Mexico. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, there are several items that cannot wait; the work on the northern water treatment plant is critical to our town, as are the traffic mitigation and roadway improvement projects. Maritza Dominguez, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2022 Officials are working to increase that number to as much as 35% by converting the city’s oldest wastewater treatment plant into an advanced water purification facility, among other projects. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2022 River flooding overwhelmed the city water treatment plant, halted water service, and forced the community to buy bottled water in droves. Theara Coleman, The Week, 16 Sep. 2022 The facility is the largest sewage treatment plant in Washington and the third largest on the West Coast. Fox News, 16 Sep. 2022 Even before the rainfall, officials said some water pumps had failed and a treatment plant was using backup pumps. Emily Wagster Pettus, ajc, 15 Sep. 2022 Last month, at least 180,000 people went without reliable drinking water in Jackson after pumps at the main water treatment plant failed. Teddy Grant, ABC News, 15 Sep. 2022 Roughly 33 million gallons of water a day goes into Farmington Bay from indoor water use that goes down sewer connections and into the treatment plant. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Town Meeting will decide on Sept. 19 where to locate a new water treatment plant. Johanna Seltz,, 14 Sep. 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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More Definitions for plant


\ 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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