1. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished;
- Example: "they drew up a six-step plan"
- Example: "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"
[syn: plan, program, programme]
2. an arrangement scheme;
- Example: "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"
- Example: "it was an excellent design for living"
- Example: "a plan for seating guests"
[syn: design, plan]
3. scale drawing of a structure;
- Example: "the plans for City Hall were on file"
[syn: plan, architectural plan]
1. have the will and intention to carry out some action;
- Example: "He plans to be in graduate school next year"
- Example: "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"
[syn: plan, be after]
2. make plans for something;
- Example: "He is planning a trip with his family"
3. make or work out a plan for; devise;
- Example: "They contrived to murder their boss"
- Example: "design a new sales strategy"
- Example: "plan an attack"
[syn: plan, project, contrive, design]
4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form;
- Example: "design a better mousetrap"
- Example: "plan the new wing of the museum"
[syn: design, plan]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plan \Plan\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Planned; p. pr. & vb. n. Planning.] 1. To form a delineation of; to draught; to represent, as by a diagram. [1913 Webster] 2. To scheme; to devise; to contrive; to form in design; as, to plan the conquest of a country. [1913 Webster] Even in penance, planning sins anew. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Plan \Plan\, n. [F., fr. L. planus flat, level. See Plain, a.] 1. A draught or form; properly, a representation drawn on a plane, as a map or a chart; especially, a top view, as of a machine, or the representation or delineation of a horizontal section of anything, as of a building; a graphic representation; a diagram. [1913 Webster] 2. A scheme devised; a method of action or procedure expressed or described in language; a project; as, the plan of a constitution; the plan of an expedition. [1913 Webster] God's plans like lines pure and white unfold. --M. R. Smith. [1913 Webster] 3. A method; a way of procedure; a custom. [1913 Webster] The simple plan, That they should take who have the power, And they should keep who can. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Body plan, Floor plan, etc. See under Body, Floor, etc. [1913 Webster] Syn: Scheme; draught; delineation; plot; sketch; project; design; contrivance; device. See Scheme. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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