(noun, verb)


1. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

- they drew up a six-step plan

- they discussed plans for a new bond issue

Similar word(s): program, programme

Definition categories: thought, idea

2. an arrangement scheme

- a plan for seating guests

Similar word(s): design

Definition categories: thought, arrangement, organisation, organization, system

3. scale drawing of a structure

- the plans for City Hall were on file

Definition categories: man–made, drawing

Sentences with plan as a noun:

- The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.

- He didn't really have a plan; he had a goal and a habit of control.

- Seen in plan, the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.


1. have the will and intention to carry out some action

- He plans to be in graduate school next year

- The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion

Definition categories: cognition, intend, mean, think

2. make plans for something

- He is planning a trip with his family

Definition categories: cognition, cerebrate, cogitate, think

3. make or work out a plan for; devise

- plan an attack

Similar word(s): contrive, design, project

Definition categories: creation

4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

- plan the new wing of the museum

Similar word(s): design

Definition categories: creation

Sentences with plan as a verb:

- The architect planned the building for the client.

- They jointly planned the project in phases, with good detail for the first month.

- He planned to go, but work intervened.

- I was planning on going, but something came up.

- They planned for the worst, bringing lots of emergency supplies.