What is the meaning of plan?


  • A series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished.
    • usage: "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"
  • An arrangement scheme.
    • usage: "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"
  • Scale drawing of a structure.
    • usage: "the plans for City Hall were on file"


  • Have the will and intention to carry out some action.
    • usage: "He plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"
  • Make plans for something.
    • usage: "He is planning a trip with his family"
  • Make or work out a plan for; devise.
    • usage: "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"
  • Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form.
    • usage: "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"
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