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English noun: plant

1. plant (artifact) buildings for carrying on industrial labor

SamplesThey built a large plant to manufacture automobiles.

Synonymsindustrial plant, works

Broader (hypernym)building complex, complex

Narrower (hyponym)bottling plant, brewery, disposal plant, distillery, factory, manufactory, manufacturing plant, mill, mint, packing plant, packinghouse, recycling plant, refinery, saltworks, sewage disposal plant, smelter, smeltery, still

Domain category membersgas system

2. plant (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion

Synonymsflora, plant life

Broader (hypernym)being, organism

Narrower (hyponym)acrogen, aerophyte, air plant, annual, apomict, aquatic, autophyte, autophytic plant, autotroph, autotrophic organism, biennial, crop, cryptogam, embryo, endemic, epiphyte, epiphytic plant, escape, gametophyte, garden plant, holophyte, houseplant, hygrophyte, microflora, monocarp, monocarpic plant, monocarpous plant, myrmecophyte, neophyte, non-flowering plant, ornamental, perennial, phytoplankton, plantlet, poisonous plant, pot plant, rock plant, sporophyte, tracheophyte, vascular plant, wilding

Part holonymcap, hood, plant part, plant structure

Member meronymkingdom Plantae, plant kingdom, Plantae

Domain categorybotany, phytology

Domain category membersaccrete, acid-loving, alder blight, alkaline-loving, amentaceous, amentiferous, amphitropous, anatropous, apocarpous, blanched, botanical medicine, botany, bruise, caespitose, campylotropous, carnivorous, cespitose, circulation, clustered, coca, cultivate, deaden, deciduous, dicotyledonous, domesticate, endangered, epiphytotic, etiolate, etiolate, etiolated, evergreen, floccose, flora, fugaciousness, fugacity, girdle, gregarious, half-hardy, herbal therapy, hispid, insectivorous, inverted, leggy, micro-organism, microorganism, monocotyledonous, naturalise, naturalize, nitrification, orthotropous, pappose, parasite, perennation, peroxidase, photosynthesis, phytotherapy, propagate, saprophytic, sedgy, squamule, syncarpous, tall-growing, tame, tender, tenderiser, tenderizer, threatened, tufted, ungregarious, vegetation

3. plant (person) an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience

Broader (hypernym)actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian

4. plant (cognition) something planted secretly for discovery by another

SamplesThe police used a plant to trick the thieves.
He claimed that the evidence against him was a plant.

Broader (hypernym)contrivance, dodge, stratagem

English verb: plant

1. plant (contact) put or set (seeds, seedlings, or plants) into the ground

SamplesLet's plant flowers in the garden.

ExamplesThey plant rye in the field


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

Narrower (hyponym)afforest, bed, checkrow, dibble, forest, puddle, replant, root, tree

2. plant (contact) fix or set securely or deeply

SamplesHe planted a knee in the back of his opponent.
The dentist implanted a tooth in the gum.

Synonymsembed, engraft, imbed, implant

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)enter, infix, insert, introduce

Narrower (hyponym)bury, nest, pot, sink

3. plant (creation) set up or lay the groundwork for

SamplesEstablish a new department.

Synonymsconstitute, establish, found, institute

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer

Narrower (hyponym)appoint, constitute, fix, name, nominate

4. plant (possession) place into a river

SamplesPlant fish.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)stock

Domain categoryanimal husbandry

5. plant (contact) place something or someone in a certain position in order to secretly observe or deceive

SamplesPlant a spy in Moscow.
Plant bugs in the dissident's apartment.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

6. plant (cognition) put firmly in the mind

SamplesPlant a thought in the students' minds.

ExamplesThey won't plant the story


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across

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