- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to make a secret plan to harm somebody, 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[transitive] plot something (on something) to mark something on a map, for example the position or course of something The earthquake centres had been plotted on a world map. He plotted a new route across the Atlantic.
- 3[transitive] plot something (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[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[transitive] plot something to write the plot of a novel, play, etc. a tightly-plotted thriller See related entries: Writing and publishing Word Origin late Old English (in sense 3 of the noun), of unknown origin. The sense ‘secret plan’, dating from the late 16th cent., is associated with Old French complot
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BrE BrE//plɒt//; NAmE NAmE//plɑːt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plot
BrE BrE//plɒt//; NAmE NAmE//plɑːt//he / she / it plots
BrE BrE//plɒts//; NAmE NAmE//plɑːts//past simple plotted
BrE BrE//ˈplɒtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplɑːtɪd//past participle plotted
BrE BrE//ˈplɒtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplɑːtɪd//-ing form plotting
BrE BrE//ˈplɒtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈplɑːtɪŋ//Writing and publishing