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Definition of plan verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plan
    he / she / it plans
    past simple planned
    -ing form planning
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    make arrangements
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to make detailed arrangements for something you want to do in the future plan something to plan a trip Everything went exactly as planned. We planned the day down to the last detail. plan something for something A meeting has been planned for early next year. plan (for something) to plan for the future plan how, what, etc… I've been planning how I'm going to spend the day. plan that… They planned that the two routes would connect.
  2. intend/expect
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to intend or expect to do something plan on something/on doing something We hadn't planned on going anywhere this evening. plan to do something They plan to arrive some time after three. plan something We're planning a trip to the Dominican Republic in the spring—are you interested?
  4. design
  5. 3[transitive] plan something to make a design or an outline for something to plan an essay/a garden a well-planned campaign
  6. Phrasal Verbsplan somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: plan