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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
plan•ning  (planing),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or process of making a plan or plans.
  • plan + -ing1 1740–50

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
plan /plæn/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  planned, plan•ning. 
n. [countable]
  1. a way, idea, or method of acting, proceeding, etc., developed in advance:a battle plan.
  2. a design or arrangement:a seating plan.
  3. Buildinga drawing made to represent the top view or a side view of a structure or a machine, as a floor layout of a building.
  4. an outline, diagram, or sketch:He drew a quick plan of the bank vault.
  5. a program providing for specified benefits, etc.:a pension plan.

v. 
  1. to put together a plan or scheme for:[+ object]The city wants to plan a new park.
  2. to make plans for: [+ object]We had already planned our vacation for that week.[no object]It was time to plan for retirement.
  3. Building[+ object] to draw or make a plan of, as a building.
  4. to have in mind as an intention: [+ object]What are you planning for her retirement party?[+ to + verb]I planned to be there on time.[+ on + verb-ing]I hadn't planned on seeing you today.
plan•ner, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
plan  (plan),USA pronunciation n., v.,  planned, plan•ning. 
n. 
  1. a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance:battle plans.
  2. a design or scheme of arrangement:an elaborate plan for seating guests.
  3. a specific project or definite purpose:plans for the future.
  4. BuildingAlso called  plan view. a drawing made to scale to represent the top view or a horizontal section of a structure or a machine, as a floor layout of a building.
  5. a representation of a thing drawn on a plane, as a map or diagram:a plan of the dock area.
  6. (in perspective drawing) one of several planes in front of a represented object, and perpendicular to the line between the object and the eye.
  7. a formal program for specified benefits, needs, etc.:a pension plan.

v.t. 
  1. to arrange a method or scheme beforehand for (any work, enterprise, or proceeding):to plan a new recreation center.
  2. to make plans for:to plan one's vacation.
  3. Buildingto draw or make a diagram or layout of, as a building.

v.i. 
  1. to make plans:to plan ahead; to plan for one's retirement.
planless, adj. 
planless•ly, adv. 
planless•ness, n. 
  • French: ground, plan, groundwork, scheme, noun, nominal use of the adjective, adjectival: flat, plane1, learned borrowing of Latin plānus level (compare plain1)
  • 1670–80
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged plot, formula, system.
      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.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sketch, draft, diagram, chart.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged design, devise, plot.

plan-, 
  • var. of  plano- 1 before a vowel:planate.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    plan /plæn/ n
    1. a detailed scheme, method, etc, for attaining an objective
    2. (sometimes plural) a proposed, usually tentative idea for doing something
    3. 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 projection
    4. an outline, sketch, etc
    vb (plans, planning, planned)
    1. to form a plan (for) or make plans (for)
    2. (transitive) to make a plan of (a building)
    3. (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to have in mind as a purpose; intend
    Etymology: 18th Century: via French from Latin plānus flat; compare plane1, plain1



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