\ 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 The group has worked with Santa Clara Pueblo to collect seeds and plant thousands of tiny trees sown at the research center over the last few years in hopes of boosting the emerging science of reforestation. Susan Montoya Bryan, ajc, 22 May 2022 Poor farmers began to cut down their coffee trees and plant quicker-growing cash crops instead, leading to erosion. New York Times, 20 May 2022 Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics can predict yields, get insights on soil conditions, and plan when to plant, prune, and harvest. Deborah Wince-smith, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The lunar event is also known as the full corn planting moon because May marks the end of winter’s frost, which allows farmers to plant their seeds. Megan Marples, CNN, 15 May 2022 But having grandparents that reinforce the idea that a Eurocentric standard of beauty is better will plant seeds of insecurity., 12 May 2022 Peal, who is Jewish and has an appreciation for the quality of basketball played in Israel at the national and professional levels, hopes his program’s trip this summer can also plant the seeds for a future annual showcase. Tom Green |, al, 9 May 2022 The mother of two’s glow would make anyone instantly want to follow in Rosine’s footsteps and plant their own lush garden of vegetables. Vogue, 5 May 2022 Also, the city is permitted to plant trees, shrubs or plants, remove nuisance plants, build bird nests and conduct scientific biological studies on the land. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 2 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The governor of Ukraine’s Donetsk region said more than 100 civilians remained in the plant. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Yulia Fedosiuk, 29, said there could be as many as 3,000 soldiers still alive in the plant, including 600 who are injured. New York Times, 10 May 2022 All the remaining women, children and older civilians who were sheltering with the fighters in the Azovstal plant were evacuated Saturday. Elena Becatoros And Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2022 All the remaining women, children and older civilians who were sheltering with the fighters in the Azovstal plant were evacuated Saturday. Elena Becatoros And Jon Gambrell, Chicago Tribune, 8 May 2022 After two months of bombardment, Russian forces roamed the streets in near-total control, with a small group of Ukrainian fighters holding out in one massive steel plant. Washington Post, 7 May 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said the attack was preventing the evacuation of civilians remaining in the plant’s underground bunkers. Celina Tebor, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Turmeric’s gorgeous golden-orange color and soothing effects are due to curcuminoids found in the plant, which include curcumin, one of many curcuminoids present in it. The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2022 Nearly every building in the plant has been destroyed, new satellite images show. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 2 May 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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