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Definition of plot verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plot
    he / she / it plots
    past simple plotted
    -ing form plotting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to make a secret plan to harm someone, especially a government or its leader synonym conspire plot (with somebody) (against somebody) They were accused of plotting against the state. plot something Military officers were suspected of plotting a coup. She spends every waking hour plotting her revenge. plot to do something They were plotting to overthrow the government.
  2. 2[transitive] plot something (out) (on something) to mark something on a map, for example the position or course of something He plotted a new route across the Atlantic. The earthquake centers had been plotted (out) on a world map.
  3. 3[transitive] plot something (out) (on something) to make a diagram or chart from some information We carefully plotted each patient's response to the drug on a chart.
  4. 4[transitive] plot something (on something) to mark points on a graph and draw a line or curve connecting them First, plot the temperature curve on the graph.
  5. 5[transitive] plot something to write the plot of a novel, play, etc. a tightly-plotted thriller
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