plot

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noun

verb (used with object), plot·ted, plot·ting.

verb (used without object), plot·ted, plot·ting.

Origin of plot

before 1100; (noun) of multiple orig.: in sense “piece of ground,” Middle English: small area, patch, stain, piece of ground, Old English: piece of ground (origin obscure); in senses “ground plan, outline, map, scheme,” variant (since the 16th century) of plat1, itself partly a variant of Middle English, Old English plot; sense “secret plan” (from 16th century) by association with complot, in pejorative sense; (v.) derivative of the noun

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Synonym study

1. See conspiracy. 19. Plot, conspire, scheme imply secret, cunning, and often unscrupulous planning to gain one's own ends. To plot is to contrive a secret plan of a selfish and often treasonable kind: to plot against someone's life. To conspire is to unite with others in an illicit or illegal machination: to conspire to seize a government. To scheme is to plan ingeniously, subtly, and often craftily for one's own advantage: to scheme how to gain power.
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British Dictionary definitions for plotting (1 of 2)

plot

1
/ (plɒt) /

noun


verb plots, plotting or plotted

Word Origin for plot

C16: from plot ², influenced in use by complot

British Dictionary definitions for plotting (2 of 2)

plot

2
/ (plɒt) /

noun

a small piece of landa vegetable plot

verb plots, plotting or plotted

(tr) to arrange or divide (land) into plots

Word Origin for plot

Old English: piece of land, plan of an area
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Culture definitions for plotting

plot

The organization of events in a work of fiction.


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