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English noun: plan

1. plan (cognition) a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

SamplesThey drew up a six-step plan.
They discussed plans for a new bond issue.

Synonymsprogram, programme

Broader (hypernym)idea, thought

Narrower (hyponym)agenda, audit program, audit programme, blueprint, budget, design, docket, employee savings plan, guideline, master plan, outline, pattern, pension account, pension plan, plan of action, project, projection, regime, regimen, retirement account, retirement plan, retirement program, retirement savings account, retirement savings plan, road map, schedule, schema, scheme, stock purchase plan

2. plan (cognition) an arrangement scheme

SamplesThe awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult.
It was an excellent design for living.
A plan for seating guests.


Broader (hypernym)arrangement, organisation, organization, system

Narrower (hyponym)configuration, constellation, hotel plan, layout, meal plan, snare, trap

3. plan (artifact) scale drawing of a structure

SamplesThe plans for City Hall were on file.

Synonymsarchitectural plan

Broader (hypernym)drawing

Narrower (hyponym)elevation, floor plan

English verb: plan

1. plan (cognition) have the will and intention to carry out some action

SamplesHe plans to be in graduate school next year.
The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion.

ExamplesThey plan to move

Synonymsbe after

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)intend, mean, think

Narrower (hyponym)aim, aspire, draw a bead on, go for, hope, shoot for, think out

2. plan (cognition) make plans for something

SamplesHe is planning a trip with his family.

ExamplesSam and Sue plan the movie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think

Narrower (hyponym)chart, compose, designate, destine, direct, draw up, engineer, frame, intend, lay out, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize, plot, project, propose, schedule, schedule, scheme, specify

3. plan (creation) make or work out a plan for; devise

SamplesThey contrived to murder their boss.
Design a new sales strategy.
Plan an attack.

ExamplesThey plan to move

Synonymscontrive, design, project

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

Narrower (hyponym)concert, map, map out, plot

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

SamplesDesign a better mousetrap.
Plan the new wing of the museum.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create by mental act, create mentally

Narrower (hyponym)blueprint, draft, draught, engineer, redesign

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