Definition of plant verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//plɑːnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plænt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plant
    BrE BrE//plɑːnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plænt//
    he / she / it plants
    BrE BrE//plɑːnts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//plænts//
    past simple planted
    BrE BrE//ˈplɑːntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæntɪd//
    past participle planted
    BrE BrE//ˈplɑːntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæntɪd//
    -ing form planting
    BrE BrE//ˈplɑːntɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplæntɪŋ//
    Growing crops, Gardening
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  1. 1  plant something to put plants, seeds, etc. in the ground to grow to plant and harvest rice Plant these shrubs in full sun. See related entries: Growing crops, Gardening
  2. 2  to 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 ploughed and planted with corn. See related entries: Growing crops, Gardening
  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 somebody’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 somebody 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 somebody 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. Word OriginOld English plante ‘seedling’, plantian (verb), from Latin planta ‘sprout, cutting’ (later influenced by French plante) and plantare ‘plant, fix in a place’.Extra examples Carefully plant your cutting in the soil. He was determined to keep both feet firmly planted on dry land. She planted a kiss squarely on his cheek. The Bordeaux area is densely planted with vine. The garden was planted with roses and other shrubs. Zinfandel is California’s most widely planted red grape. a thickly planted orange grove recently planted maples weeds that had not been deliberately planted Demonstrators planted themselves right in front of the convoy of trucks. Phrasal Verbsplant somethingout
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