Language: Old English
Origin: plantian, from Latin plantare, from planta; PLANT1


2 verb
plant2 [transitive]


HBP to put plants or seeds in the ground to grow:
Residents have helped us plant trees.
We've planted tomatoes and carrots in the garden.
plant a field/garden/area etc (with something)
a hillside planted with fir trees

put something somewhere

[always + adverb/preposition] informal to put something firmly in or on something else
plant something in/on etc something
He came up to her and planted a kiss on her cheek.
She planted her feet firmly to the spot and refused to move.

hide illegal goods

informalSCC to hide stolen or illegal goods in someone's clothes, bags, room etc in order to make them seem guilty of a crime
plant something on somebody
She claims that the police planted the drugs on her.


plant a bomb

SC to put a bomb somewhere:
Two men are accused of planting a bomb on the plane.


to put or send someone somewhere, especially secretly, so that they can find out information:
The police had planted undercover detectives at every entrance.

plant an idea/doubt/suspicion (in somebody's mind)

to make someone begin to have an idea, especially so that they do not realize that you gave them the idea:
Someone must have planted the idea of suicide in his mind.

plant something ↔ out

phrasal verb
to put a young plant into the soil outdoors, so that it has enough room to grow:
The seedlings should be planted out in May.

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