Synonyms & Antonyms of plan

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective
  • there is a contingency plan in the office for handling almost any emergency

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2 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
  • our plan is to finish up by next Friday

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Synonyms of plan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to work out the details of (something) in advance
  • we planned the school dance down to the smallest detail

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2 to have in mind as a purpose or goal
  • I plan to have a party for my birthday, even if I have to throw it myself

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How does the noun plan contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of plan are design, plot, project, and scheme. While all these words mean "a method devised for making or doing something or achieving an end," plan always implies mental formulation and sometimes graphic representation.

plans for a house

When is design a more appropriate choice than plan?

While in some cases nearly identical to plan, design often suggests a particular pattern and some degree of achieved order or harmony.

a design for a new dress

When could plot be used to replace plan?

While the synonyms plot and plan are close in meaning, plot implies a laying out in clearly distinguished sections with attention to their relations and proportions.

the plot of the play

When is it sensible to use project instead of plan?

In some situations, the words project and plan are roughly equivalent. However, project often stresses imaginative scope and vision.

a project to develop the waterfront

Where would scheme be a reasonable alternative to plan?

The synonyms scheme and plan are sometimes interchangeable, but scheme stresses calculation of the end in view and may apply to a plan motivated by craftiness and self-interest.

a scheme to defraud the government

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“Plan.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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