plotplot1 /plɒt $ plɑːt/ ●●○W3 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1planPLAN a secret plan by a group of people to do something harmful or illegalplot to do something 🔊 a plot to bomb the UN headquartersplot against 🔊 a plot against the king 🔊 The court heard how she and her lover hatched a plot (=planned a plot) to kill her husband. 🔊 The plot to overthrow the military government was foiled (=prevented from being successful). 🔊 an assassination plot► see thesaurus at plan2story/filmALSTORY the events that form the main story of a book, film, or play 🔊 The plot was a little confusing. 🔊 We discover that Jack isn’t as innocent as he seems, as the plot unfolds (=gradually becomes clearer).3 →the plot thickens4piece of landa)LAND/GROUNDa small piece of land for building or growing things on 🔊 a two-acre plot of land 🔊 a vegetable plotb)MXa piece of land that a particular family owns in a cemetery, in which members of the family are buried when they die 🔊 a burial plot5drawing American EnglishAA a drawing that shows the plan of a building at ground level syn ground plan → lose the plotat lose(14)COLLOCATIONSverbsbe involved in a plotHe was involved in a plot to kidnap the pope.mastermind a plot (=organize it)He is accused of masterminding a plot to bring down the government.uncover/discover a plotThey didn’t suspect that their plot had been uncovered.foil a plot (=prevent it from being successful)The plot was foiled when he was stopped by US Customs agents.hatch a plot (=make one)They have admitted hatching a plot to kill the president.NOUN + plota murder plotHe was questioned about an attempted murder plot.an assassination plotThe assassination plot to kill General de Gaulle was unsuccessful.a terrorist plotPolice foiled a terrorist plot to attack a nuclear reactor.phrasesthe victim of a plotHe was the victim of a plot by his political opponents.be part of a plotThese accusations are part of a plot to discredit him.
plotplot2 ●○○ verb (plotted, plotting) 🔊 🔊 1[intransitive, transitive]PLAN to make a secret plan to harm a person or organization, especially a political leader or governmentplot to do something 🔊 They had plotted to blow up the White House.plot against 🔊 He suspected that the military were secretly plotting against him. 🔊 The minister was found guilty of plotting the downfall of the government. 🔊 the story of a woman who plots revenge2[transitive] (also plot out)LINE to draw marks or a line to represent facts, numbers etc 🔊 We plotted a graph to show the increase in sales figures this year.plot something on something 🔊 You can plot all these numbers on one diagram for comparison.3[transitive] (also plot out)TTATTWPLACE to mark, calculate, or follow the path of an aircraft or ship, for example on a map 🔊 We plotted a course across the Pacific.→ See Verb table