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

      

    plot

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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 See related entries: Writing and publishing
  6. 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 ‘dense crowd, secret project’, the same word being used occasionally in English from the mid 16th cent.Extra examples Greenhouse temperature can be plotted against plant growth. He was arrested on suspicion of plotting against the king. Taylor plotted with his daughter to murder her husband. The figures are plotted on a graph. The killings were carefully plotted and not impulsive. The positions of the archaeological finds are accurately plotted.
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