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

      

    plan

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//plæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//plæn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plan
    BrE BrE//plæn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//plæn//
     
    he / she / it plans
    BrE BrE//plænz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//plænz//
     
    past simple planned
    BrE BrE//plænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//plænd//
     
    past participle planned
    BrE BrE//plænd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//plænd//
     
    -ing form planning
    BrE BrE//ˈplænɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈplænɪŋ//
     
     
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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 France 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. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from French, from earlier plant ‘ground plan, plane surface’, influenced in sense by Italian pianta ‘plan of building’. Compare with plant.Extra examples Everything has been planned down to the last detail. Everything went exactly as planned. He thought his life was all planned out before him. I had it all planned out. I had planned on staying here for two or three years. The government had originally planned to launch the review in June. We must plan for the future. You will need to plan your shopping carefully in advance. centrally planned economies A well planned advertising campaign is necessary to bring in visitors. Both men plan to appeal against the ruling. He never really planned for the future. His future had been planned down to the last detail. I’ve been planning how I’m going to spend my last week here. If you’re planning a family, you may be thinking about a bigger home. It had been planned that the winners would get a free vacation. It took six months to plan the expedition. It’s always a good idea to plan ahead. This is the place to visit if you are planning a new garden. We hadn’t planned on going anywhere this evening. We’re planning a trip to California. We’re planning a trip to France in the spring. You should always plan your essay before you start writing it. Phrasal Verbsplan somethingout
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