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Topic: PLANTS

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

plant

2 verb
     
plant
plant2 [transitive]
1

plants/seeds

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
2

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.
3

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.
4

bomb

plant a bomb

SC to put a bomb somewhere:
Two men are accused of planting a bomb on the plane.
5

person

to put or send someone somewhere, especially secretly, so that they can find out information:
The police had planted undercover detectives at every entrance.
6

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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