see also: PLAN
  • IPA: /plæn/, [pʰl̥æn]
  • (US regional) IPA: [plɛən]

plan (plural plans)

  1. A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
    The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.
  2. A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
    He didn't really have a plan; he had a goal and a habit of control.
  3. A two-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.
    Seen in plan, the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.
    Synonyms: floor plan
  4. A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
    • The simple plan, / That they should take who have the power, / And they should keep who can.
  5. A subscription to a service.
    a phone plan
    an Internet plan
  • French: schema
  • German: Plan
  • Portuguese: planta
  • Russian: план
  • Spanish: plano
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  • French: forfait mobile

plan (plans, present participle planning; past and past participle planned)

  1. (transitive) To design (a building, machine, etc.).
    The architect planned the building for the client.
  2. (transitive) To create a plan for.
    They jointly planned the project in phases, with good detail for the first month.
  3. (intransitive) To intend.
    He planned to go, but work intervened.
  4. (intransitive) To make a plan.
    They planned for the worst, bringing lots of emergency supplies.
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Proper noun
  1. (nautical, military) The People's Liberation Army Navy.
  2. (US) A particular standardized examination taken by high-school students.
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