planning

[ plan-ing ]
/ ˈplæn ɪŋ /

noun

the act or process of making a plan or plans.

Nearby words

  1. planned,
  2. planned economy,
  3. planned obsolescence,
  4. planned parenthood,
  5. planner,
  6. planning blight,
  7. planning permission,
  8. plano,
  9. plano-,
  10. plano-concave

Origin of planning

First recorded in 1740–50; plan + -ing1

plan

[ plan ]
/ plæn /

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.

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for planning

plan

/ (plæn) /

noun

verb plans, planning or planned

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 planning
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with planning

plan

In addition to the idiom beginning with plan

  • plan on

also see:

  • best-laid plans
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