plan

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noun

verb (used with object), planned, plan·ning.

verb (used without object), planned, plan·ning.

to make plans: to plan ahead; to plan for one's retirement.

Nearby words

  1. plainview,
  2. plainville,
  3. plaister,
  4. plait,
  5. plaiting,
  6. plan b,
  7. plan on,
  8. plan position indicator,
  9. plan view,
  10. plan-

Origin of plan

1670–80; < French: ground, plan, groundwork, scheme, noun use of the adj.: flat, plane1, learned borrowing of Latin plānus level (cf. plain1)

Related forms
Can be confusedplain plan plane

Synonym study

1. Plan, project, design, scheme imply a formulated method of doing something. Plan refers to any method of thinking out acts and purposes beforehand: What are your plans for today? A project is a proposed or tentative plan, often elaborate or extensive: an irrigation project. Design suggests art, dexterity, or craft (sometimes evil and selfish) in the elaboration or execution of a plan, and often tends to emphasize the purpose in view: a misunderstanding brought about by design. A scheme is apt to be either a speculative, possibly impracticable, plan, or a selfish or dishonest one: a scheme to swindle someone.

plan-

variant of plano-1 before a vowel: planate.
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British Dictionary definitions for plan

plan

noun

a detailed scheme, method, etc, for attaining an objective
(sometimes plural) a proposed, usually tentative idea for doing something
a drawing to scale of a horizontal section through a building taken at a given level; a view from above an object or an area in orthographic projectionCompare ground plan (def. 1), elevation (def. 5)
an outline, sketch, etc
(in perspective drawing) any of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision and between the eye and object depicted

verb plans, planning or planned

to form a plan (for) or make plans (for)
(tr) to make a plan of (a building)
(tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to have in mind as a purpose; intend

Word Origin for plan

C18: via French from Latin plānus flat; compare plane 1, plain 1

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Word Origin and History for plan
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Idioms and Phrases with plan

plan

In addition to the idiom beginning with plan

  • plan on

also see:

  • best-laid plans
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