What does PLAN mean?

Definitions for PLANplæn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word PLAN.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. plan, program, programme(noun)

    a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished

    "they drew up a six-step plan"; "they discussed plans for a new bond issue"

  2. design, plan(noun)

    an arrangement scheme

    "the awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"; "a plan for seating guests"

  3. plan, architectural plan(verb)

    scale drawing of a structure

    "the plans for City Hall were on file"

  4. plan, be after(verb)

    have the will and intention to carry out some action

    "He plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion"

  5. plan(verb)

    make plans for something

    "He is planning a trip with his family"

  6. plan, project, contrive, design(verb)

    make or work out a plan for; devise

    "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack"

  7. design, plan(verb)

    make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

    "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum"


  1. plan(Noun)

    A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.

    The plans for many important buildings were once publicly available.

  2. plan(Noun)

    A set of intended actions, usually mutually related, through which one expects to achieve a goal.

    He didn't really have a plan; he had a goal and a habit of control.

  3. plan(Noun)

    A 2-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.

    Seen in plan, the building had numerous passageways not apparent to visitors.

  4. plan(Verb)

    To design a building, machine, etc.

    The architect planned the building for the client.

  5. plan(Verb)

    To create a plan for.

    They jointly planned the project in phases, with good detail for the first month.

  6. plan(Verb)

    To intend.

  7. Origin: From plan, from plan, a later form of the vernacular plain, from planus; see plain, plane.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plan(adj)

    a draught or form; properly, a representation drawn on a plane, as a map or a chart; especially, a top view, as of a machine, or the representation or delineation of a horizontal section of anything, as of a building; a graphic representation; a diagram

  2. Plan(adj)

    a scheme devised; a method of action or procedure expressed or described in language; a project; as, the plan of a constitution; the plan of an expedition

  3. Plan(adj)

    a method; a way of procedure; a custom

  4. Plan(verb)

    to form a delineation of; to draught; to represent, as by a diagram

  5. Plan(verb)

    to scheme; to devise; to contrive; to form in design; as, to plan the conquest of a country


  1. Plan

    A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective. See also strategy. It is commonly understood as a temporal set of intended actions through which one expects to achieve a goal. For spatial or planar topologic or topographic sets see map. Plans can be formal or informal: ⁕Structured and formal plans, used by multiple people, are more likely to occur in projects, diplomacy, careers, economic development, military campaigns, combat, sports, games, or in the conduct of other business. In most cases, the absence of a well-laid plan can have adverse effects: for example, a non-robust project plan can cost the organization time and money. ⁕Informal or ad-hoc plans are created by individuals in all of their pursuits. The most popular ways to describe plans are by their breadth, time frame, and specificity; however, these planning classifications are not independent of one another. For instance, there is a close relationship between the short- and long-term categories and the strategic and operational categories. It is common for less formal plans to be created as abstract ideas, and remain in that form as they are maintained and put to use. More formal plans as used for business and military purposes, while initially created with and as an abstract thought, are likely to be written down, drawn up or otherwise stored in a form that is accessible to multiple people across time and space. This allows more reliable collaboration in the execution of the plan.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Plan

    plan, n. a drawing of anything on a plane or flat surface: a drawing of a building as it stands on the ground: a scheme or project for accomplishing a purpose: a contrivance: a method or custom.—v.t. to make a sketch of on a flat surface: to form in design: to lay plans for:—pr.p. plan′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. planned.—adj. Plan′less.—ns. Plan′ner, one who forms a plan: a projector; Work′ing-plan, a draft on a large scale given to workmen to work from.—Plan of campaign, the method of conducting the struggle of the Irish tenants against the landlords, organised by the National League in 1886, its officers collecting what they considered a fair rent, and offering it to the landlord, and where he refused to accept it spending it on the support of the persons evicted. [Fr.,—L. planus, flat.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PLAN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #869

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PLAN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #560

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PLAN' in Nouns Frequency: #152

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PLAN' in Verbs Frequency: #164


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PLAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PLAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chris Foster:

    I literally have a book at the office with Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, we’ll just flip the page if that happens.

  2. European Council President Donald Tusk:

    Today, we must prepare a concrete plan, which must finally appear in place of the arguments and the chaos we have witnessed in the last weeks. This plan must be our common plan. Nobody will be outvoted.

  3. Victor Hugo:

    He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.

  4. State John Kerry:

    We have been clear from the beginning, we are not negotiating, a quote, legally binding plan, we are negotiating a plan that will have in it capacity for enforcement, the letter erroneously asserts this is a legally binding plan. It is not. We don't even have diplomatic relations with Iran.

  5. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:

    Today, the Japan Sports Council reported that Plan A was chosen for the new National Stadium design, the ministerial meeting has checked the selection was made in an appropriate manner. This is an excellent plan that satisfies the principle philosophy, construction, deadline and cost of the Olympic plan.

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Translations for PLAN

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • خطة, خططArabic
  • planejarCatalan, Valencian
  • plánovat, plán, půdorysCzech
  • planen, Plan, vorhaben, anlegenGerman
  • σχέδιο, σχεδιάζωGreek
  • tener intención de, plano, planear, planSpanish
  • پلانPersian
  • aikoa, kaavapiirros, pohjapiirros, suunnitella, pohjakaava, suunnitelma, kaavailla, kaavaFinnish
  • projeter, plan, schemaFrench
  • pleanIrish
  • יזם, תוכנית, תכנןHebrew
  • प्रोग्राम बनाना, प्रोग्राम, योजनाHindi
  • tervez, tervHungarian
  • projectarInterlingua
  • ætlaIcelandic
  • inventare, pianificare, piano, progettare, organizzarsi, architettareItalian
  • つもりである, 計画, 設計図, 計画する, プラン, 図解Japanese
  • 계획, 계획하다, 計劃Korean
  • cōnsiliumLatin
  • PlangLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • mahereMāori
  • plannen, plan, schema, ontwerpen, ontwerp, van plan zijnDutch
  • planować, plan, schemat, projektowaćPolish
  • planejar, planta, plano, pretender, planearPortuguese
  • план, планировать, разработать, чертёж, разрабатыватьRussian
  • načrt, tloris, načrtovatiSlovene
  • planera, plan, projekteraSwedish
  • mkakati, mpangoSwahili
  • plan, planlamakTurkish
  • 計劃Chinese
  • iqhinga, icebo, isu, isakhiwoZulu

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