\ ˈplant How to pronounce plant (audio) \
planted; planting; plants

Essential Meaning of plant

1 : to put (a seed, flower, or plant) in the ground to grow He planted the seeds. I planted corn this year.
2 : to fill (an area) with seeds, flowers, or plants I planted the border with roses. a field planted with corn
3 : to put or place (something) in the ground She planted stakes in the garden to hold the vines.

Full 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She’s hoping those conversations will be a springboard for encouraging homeowners to plant trees on property, a key part of any large-scale reforestation effort. Don Stacom,, 2 Jan. 2022 In the shot, a makeup-free Gomez, dressed in a black sweatshirt, appears ready to plant a kiss on her dog's furry face. Tristan Balagtas,, 29 Dec. 2021 Stalkerware is surprisingly easy to plant on someone’s phone, and trackers follow you online and offline. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 In September, for instance, Apple released a patch to fix a security flaw that enabled hackers to secretly plant spyware on iPhones. Globe Staff,, 1 Dec. 2021 It’s the cap that goes from hiking to plant shopping to exploring L.A. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Project leaders hope to plant some of the seeds on tribal lands in a few years, once the tribal council approves a restoration plan and the plots are ready for planting. Kylie Mohr, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 Researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab said the security issue was exploited to plant spyware on a Saudi activist's iPhone. CBS News, 15 Sep. 2021 In January 1989, the country’s new first lady, Barbara Bush, broke ranks from the inaugural parade for her husband, George H.W. Bush, to dart over to Mr. Scott, broadcasting from the sidelines, and plant an impromptu kiss on his cheek. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 6 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Here’s our new list of camellia-heavy plant and garden events in the L.A. area into February. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 8 Jan. 2022 Researchers from RBG Kew described 205 plant and fungus species new to science in 2021. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 In Botswana, where most lodges make sustainability a priority, Xigera goes the extra mile with a renewable energy center, water treatment plant, and electric safari vehicles. Travel, 5 Jan. 2022 Subsequently, the company invested $24 billion in property, plant & equipment, returned $14 billion as dividends to shareholders, and raised $8 billion in long-term debt. Trefis Team, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Envisaged as both a bottling plant and visitor attraction, BIG's serene design incorporates elements of classical Italian architecture, including arcades, porticos and a spacious piazza for staff and guests. CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 The cost to attend is $30 per class, and includes the program, a plant and a beer. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 3 Jan. 2022 From the middle of next year, additional export border checks, including physical inspections of plant and animal products, will begin. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Covax, in its most recent supply forecast, pointed to scale-up issues at J&J’s Emergent BioSolutions plant and a backlog of orders for other customers for the delay. Denise Roland, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021

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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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