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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: 'drawing of a building at ground level'; partly from Latin planum 'level ground', partly from French planter 'to plant'

plan

1 noun
     
plan1 S1 W1 [countable]
1

intention

something you have decided to do:
His plan is to get a degree in economics and then work abroad for a year.
There's been a change of plan - we're not going to Ibiza after all.
We don't have any plans for the weekend - why don't you come over?
Julia's been busy making plans for (=preparing for) her wedding.
somebody's best plan British English (=the best course of action)
Your best plan would be to catch a taxi.
2

method/arrangement

a set of actions for achieving something in the future, especially a set of actions that has been considered carefully and in detail:
an ambitious economic recovery plan
plan for
Managers denied there are any plans for a merger.
plan to do something
plans to turn the site of the factory into a park
keep/stick to a plan
If we keep to the plan the work should be completed in two weeks.
work out/draw up/devise a plan
They devised a plan to reduce costs.
If everything goes according to plan (=happens in the way that was arranged) the first stage will be completed by December.
Jane explained her plan of action.
3

map

a drawing similar to a map, showing roads, towns, and buildings
plan of
a street plan of London
4

drawing

a) technical a drawing of a building, room, or machine as it would be seen from above, showing the shape, size, and position of the walls, windows, and doors elevation (4), section1 (7), ground plan (1)
b) a drawing that shows exactly how something will be arranged:
I have to organise a seating plan for the dinner.
5

plan A

Plan A your first plan, which you will use if things happen the way you expect:
We're going to find a restaurant and buy a meal. That's Plan A.
6

plan B

Plan B your second plan, which you can use if things do not happen the way you expect:
It's time to put Plan B into action.

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