- The definition of a plan is a document, program or diagram that shows how to proceed.
An example of a plan is a list of tasks for accomplishing a project.
- To plan is defined as to develop a scheme or program to get something done.
An example of to plan is a teacher coming up with the curriculum for her class.
- a drawing or diagram showing the arrangement in horizontal section of a structure, piece of ground, etc.
- a scheme or program for making, doing, or arranging something; project, design, schedule, etc.
- a method of proceeding
- any outline or sketch
- in perspective, any of several planes thought of as perpendicular to the line of sight and between the eye and the object
Origin of planFrench plan, plane, foundation: merging of plan (; from Classical Latin planus: see plain) with Middle French plant ; from Italian pianta ; from Classical Latin planta, sole of the foot: see plant
transitive verbplanned, planning
- to make a plan of (a structure, piece of ground, etc.)
- to devise a scheme for doing, making, or arranging
- to have in mind as a project or purpose
- An orderly or step-by-step conception or proposal for accomplishing an objective: a plan for improving math instruction.
- A proposed or intended course of action: had no plans for the evening.
- A systematic arrangement of elements or important parts; a configuration or outline: a seating plan; the plan of a story.
- A drawing or diagram made to scale showing the structure or arrangement of something.
- In perspective rendering, one of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision between the viewer and the object being depicted.
- A program or policy stipulating a service or benefit: a pension plan.
verbplanned planned, plan·ning, plans
- To formulate a scheme or program for the accomplishment, enactment, or attainment of: plan a campaign.
- To have as a specific aim or purpose; intend: They plan to buy a house.
- To draw or make a graphic representation of.
Origin of planFrench, alteration (influenced by plan, flat surface) of plant, ground plan, map, from planter, to plant, from Latin plantāre, from planta, sole of the foot; see plat- in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A method; a way of procedure; a custom.
- A plan ("set of intended actions") can be developed, executed, implemented, ignored, abandoned, scrapped, changed, etc.
- (2-dimensional drawing of a building) blueprint
(third-person singular simple present plans, present participle planning, simple past and past participle planned)
- To design (a building, machine, etc.).
- The architect planned the building for the client.
- To create a plan for.
- They jointly planned the project in phases, with good detail for the first month.
- (intransitive) To intend.
- He planned to go, but work intervened.
- See plan on.
- I was planning on going, but something came up.
- (intransitive) To make a plan.
- They planned for the worst, bringing lots of emergency supplies.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- (nautical, military) The People's Liberation Army Navy.
- (US) A particular standardized examination taken by high-school students.
- (navy): PLA