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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
plan /plæn/USA pronunciation
n., v., planned, plan•ning. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- a way, idea, or method of acting, proceeding, etc., developed in advance:a battle plan.
- a design or arrangement:a seating plan.
- 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.
- an outline, diagram, or sketch:He drew a quick plan of the bank vault.
- a program providing for specified benefits, etc.:a pension plan.
plan•ner, n. [countable]
- to put together a plan or scheme for[~ + object]The city wants to plan a new park.
- to make plans for: [~ + object]We had already planned our vacation for that week.[no object]It was time to plan for retirement.
- Building[~ + object] to draw or make a plan of, as a building.
- 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), n., v., planned, plan•ning.
- a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance:battle plans.
- a design or scheme of arrangement:an elaborate plan for seating guests.
- a specific project or definite purpose:plans for the future.
- 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.
- a representation of a thing drawn on a plane, as a map or diagram:a plan of the dock area.
- (in perspective drawing) one of several planes in front of a represented object, and perpendicular to the line between the object and the eye.
- a formal program for specified benefits, needs, etc.:a pension plan.
- to arrange a method or scheme beforehand for (any work, enterprise, or proceeding):to plan a new recreation center.
- to make plans for:to plan one's vacation.
- Buildingto draw or make a diagram or layout of, as a building.
- to make plans:to plan ahead; to plan for one's retirement.
1 . 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 . sketch, draft, diagram, chart. 8 . design, devise, plot.
var. of plano- 1 before a vowel:planate.
- French: ground, plan, groundwork, scheme, noun, nominal use of the adjective, adjectival: flat, plane1, learned borrowing of Latin plānus level (compare plain1)
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
plan /plæn/ n
vb (plans, planning, planned)
- 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 projection
- an outline, sketch, etc
Etymology: 18th Century: via French from Latin plānus flat; compare plane1, plain1
- to form a plan (for) or make plans (for)
- (transitive) to make a plan of (a building)
- (tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to have in mind as a purpose; intend
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