Origin of plan
synonym study for plan
historical usage of plan
The meaning “an organized proposal or scheme of action” first appeared in 1635; the more etymological meaning “a drawing or diagram of an object made by projection on a horizontal plane” appeared in 1664.
The earliest citation for “a formal program for specified benefits” is first recorded in 1912, with specific reference to a savings plan.
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What is a basic definition of plan?
A plan is a program or method prepared ahead of time, a project or definite purpose, or a design or drawing of something. Plan has several other senses as a noun and a verb.
When you come up with a plan, you are creating a method or scheme to do something, make something, or take another kind of action, like a plan for getting your homework done. If someone does something without thinking about what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, they don’t have a plan. A plan doesn’t have to be written down, though. It may only exist in your mind. A person who comes up with a plan is a planner.
- Real-life examples: Your school very likely has a plan for everyone leaving the building if there is a fire. Criminals often come up with a plan of how they will steal something and when so that they will know what to do and be able to leave quickly.
- Used in a sentence: The prisoners needed hot air balloons for their elaborate escape plan.
Plan is used in this same sense as a verb to mean to scheme something ahead of time.
- Used in a sentence: We planned a surprise party for my dad.
Plan can also mean a project or definite purpose that someone has thought about or has scheduled to happen. In this sense, it is often used in the plural as plans.
- Used in a sentence: She couldn’t go hiking with us because she had already made plans to travel to California.
Plan is also used as a synonym for diagram and blueprint. A plan of a warehouse, for example, will likely include drawings of the building’s layout or an outline of where wiring and pipes are located within the walls. Usually, an architect or designer will draw up a plan of a building or prototype so that the builders will know what to do.
- Used in a sentence: The fire chief got the building plan from the janitor, so he could find the circuit breaker.
Where does plan come from?
The first records of plan come from the 1670s. It ultimately comes from the Latin adjective plānus, meaning “level.”
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What are some other forms related to plan?
- planner (noun)
- planned (adjective, past tense verb)
- unplanned (adjective)
- preplan (verb)
- replan (verb)
- underplan (verb)
- well-planned (adjective)
What are some synonyms for plan?
What are some words that share a root or word element with plan?
What are some words that often get used in discussing plan?
How is plan used in real life?
Plan is a common word that most often means a scheme or to think up a scheme beforehand.
I had a plan to do things on my day off.
I managed a run. That’s it. That’s all I’ve done.
And frankly, that’s probably just what I needed.
— Amber Naslund (@AmberCadabra) January 18, 2021
I was planning on moving apartments soonish but a stray cat just started letting me feed her so I guess this is home.
— Kirsten King (@KirstenKing_) January 20, 2021
My parents never have time to do anything as a family except for when I have plans
— tired (@sandia_jv) January 19, 2021
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A plan is a scheme made before something actually happens.
How to use plan in a sentence
At UNC-Chapel Hill, those plans were quickly reversed when 130 students tested positive for the virus just a week into the new semester.Why hasn’t digital learning lived up to its promise?|Walter Thompson|September 17, 2020|TechCrunch
The plan envisioned Oracle as a minority shareholder, thus mollifying Beijing.Trump suddenly turns against TikTok’s delicate deal|claychandler|September 17, 2020|Fortune
If these reported plans were to go forward, it would be difficult to see how these conditions could be met.Biden warns U.K. that peace in Northern Ireland must not become a “casualty” of Brexit|kdunn6|September 17, 2020|Fortune
Dhere calls the live vaccine something of a backup plan for the Serum Institute.Synthetic biologists have created a slow-growing version of the coronavirus to give as a vaccine|David Rotman|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
When he told a voter earlier in the night that he had a health-care plan ready to go, Stephanopoulos noted it had been “three and a half years” without one passing.Trump, in town hall, says he wouldn’t have done anything differently on pandemic|Colby Itkowitz, Josh Dawsey, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
The plan is to stretch it out as long as possible, then probably forget about it, and then suddenly remember it.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Did the airline file a flight plan that took account of the weather en route from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore?Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The various members met for the first time when they traveled to Gambia at the beginning of December to carry out their plan.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country|Jacob Siegel|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Her new comments will only add to ongoing speculation that the Yorks plan, one day, to remarry.
The family behind Sotto Sotto says that they plan to rebuild, but an insider tells me it may be a while.The Fiery Death of Sotto Sotto, Toronto’s Celebrity Hotspot|Shinan Govani|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They shall plan how this may be done with due propriety, and shall advise us of their action.
Gordon gave a bitter laugh and went on, with the same strange, serious air of explaining his plan.Confidence|Henry James
Joachim, as time showed, never forgave the Emperor for the failure of his cherished plan.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Ripperda's attention was next directed to put his plan of escape, in train for execution.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Still another kind of war credit bank was created on the co-operative plan to assist the middle and lower classes.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for plan
Word Origin for plan
Other Idioms and Phrases with plan
In addition to the idiom beginning with plan
- plan on
- best-laid plans