Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
    they discussed plans for a new bond issue
  2. (noun, cognition) an arrangement scheme
    it was an excellent design for living
    a plan for seating guests
  3. (noun, artifact) scale drawing of a structure
  4. (verb, cognition) have the will and intention to carry out some action
    The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion
  5. (verb, cognition) make plans for something
  6. (verb, creation) make or work out a plan for; devise
    design a new sales strategy
    plan an attack
  7. (verb, creation) make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
    plan the new wing of the museum

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Plan

  1. 1678, "drawing, sketch, or diagram of any object," from Fr. plan "ground plan, map," lit. "plane surface" (1553), from L. planum "level or flat surface," n. use of adj. planus "level, flat" (see plane (1)). The notion is of "a drawing on a flat surface." Meaning "scheme of action, design" is first recorded 1706, possibly infl. by Fr. planter "to plan… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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