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Meaning of plan

plan

Pronunciation: (plan), [key]
— n., v., planned, plan•ning.
—n.
  1. a scheme or method of acting, doing, proceeding, making, etc., developed in advance: battle plans.
  2. a design or scheme of arrangement: an elaborate plan for seating guests.
  3. a specific project or definite purpose: plans for the future.
  4. Also calleda drawing made to scale to represent the top view or a horizontal section of a structure or a machine, as a floor layout of a building.
  5. a representation of a thing drawn on a plane, as a map or diagram: a plan of the dock area.
  6. (in perspective drawing) one of several planes in front of a represented object, and perpendicular to the line between the object and the eye.
  7. a formal program for specified benefits, needs, etc.: a pension plan.
—v.t.
  1. to arrange a method or scheme beforehand for (any work, enterprise, or proceeding): to plan a new recreation center.
  2. to make plans for: to plan one's vacation.
  3. to draw or make a diagram or layout of, as a building.
—v.i.
  1. to make plans: to plan ahead; to plan for one's retirement.

plan-

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. var. of before a vowel: planate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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