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Definition of plant verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plant
    he / she / it plants
    past simple planted
    -ing form planting
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  1. 1plant something to put plants, seeds, etc. in the ground to grow to plant and harvest rice Plant these shrubs in full sun.
  2. 2to cover or supply a garden, yard, area of land, etc. with plants plant something a densely planted orange grove plant something with something The field had been plowed and planted with corn.
  3. put in position
  4. 3plant something/yourself + adv./prep. to place something or yourself firmly in a particular place or position They planted a flag on the summit. He planted himself squarely in front of us. Demonstrators planted themselves right in front of the convoy of trucks.
  5. bomb
  6. 4plant something (+ adv./prep.) to hide something such as a bomb in a place where it will not be found
  7. something illegal
  8. 5plant something (on somebody) to hide something, especially something illegal, in someone's clothing, possessions, etc. so that when it is found, it will look as though they committed a crime He claims that the drugs were planted on him.
  9. person
  10. 6plant somebody (in something) to send someone to join a group, etc., especially in order to make secret reports on its members The police had planted an informer in the gang.
  11. thought/idea
  12. 7plant something (in something) to make someone think or believe something, especially without them realizing that you gave them the idea He planted the first seeds of doubt in my mind.
  13. Phrasal Verbsplant somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: plant