What does plan mean?

Definitions for plan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plan, program, programmenoun

    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, plannoun

    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 planverb

    scale drawing of a structure

    "the plans for City Hall were on file"

  4. plan, be afterverb

    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. planverb

    make plans for something

    "He is planning a trip with his family"

  6. plan, project, contrive, designverb

    make or work out a plan for; devise

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

  7. design, planverb

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

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


  1. plannoun

    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. plannoun

    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. plannoun

    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. planverb

    To design a building, machine, etc.

    The architect planned the building for the client.

  5. planverb

    To create a plan for.

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

  6. planverb

    To intend.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Plannoun

    Etymology: plan, French.

    Remember, O my friends, the laws, the rights,
    The generous plan of power delivered down
    From age to age to your renown’d forefathers. Addis.

    Artists and plans reliev’d my solemn hours;
    I founded palaces, and planted bow’rs. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Planverb

    To scheme; to form in design.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Vouchsafe the means of vengeance to debate,
    And plan with all thy arts the scene of fate. Alexander Pope.


  1. Plan

    A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with details of timing and resources, used to achieve an objective to do something. 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.


  1. plan

    A plan is a predetermined course of action or strategy designed to achieve a specific goal or objective. It involves organizing and outlining the necessary steps or tasks to be carried out in a systematic and logical manner. A plan typically includes setting objectives, identifying resources required, establishing timelines, and allocating responsibilities to effectively accomplish the desired outcome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Planadjective

    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. Planadjective

    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. Planadjective

    a method; a way of procedure; a custom

  4. Planverb

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

  5. Planverb

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. plan

    The area or imaginary surface defined by, or within any described lines. In ship-building, the plan of elevation, commonly called the sheer-draught, is a side-plan of the ship. (See HORIZONTAL PLAN and BODY-PLAN, or plan of projection.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. plan

    A scheme devised; a method of action or procedure expressed or described in language; a project. A plan of campaign (says Napoleon) should anticipate all that an enemy may do, and combine within itself the means necessary to baffle it. Plans of campaign are modified by circumstances, the genius of the chief, the nature of the troops, and topography. There are good and bad plans of campaign, but sometimes the good fail from misfortune or mismanagement, while the bad succeed by caprices of fortune.

Editors Contribution

  1. plan

    A methodical step-by-step list of tasks created to achieve a specific purpose, goal or vision.

    They did plan their wedding easily and simply.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 23, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. PLAN

    What does PLAN stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PLAN acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PLAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Plan is ranked #92358 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Plan surname appeared 199 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Plan.

    67.3% or 134 total occurrences were White.
    30.1% or 60 total occurrences were Asian.

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

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  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

Examples of plan in a Sentence

  1. Rick Meckler:

    Pretty much as expected ... I think the Fed has given investors a lot of time and a lot of direction that they plan to do this. If it is coming as a surprise to you now, you just haven't been following this.

  2. Robert Habeck:

    > Berlin/London( CNN Business) Europe's biggest economy is now officially running short of natural gas and is escalating a crisis plan to preserve supplies ahead of winter as Russia turns off the taps. Germany on Thursday activated the second phase of its three-stage gas emergency program, taking it one step closer to rationing supplies to industry — a step that would deliver a huge blow to the manufacturing heart of its economy.'' Gas is from now on in short supply in Germany.

  3. Ritchie Armstrong:

    We plan on providing additional information in the coming days, as we learn more.

  4. Ivanka Trump:

    This whole experience over the last several months I've been throwing myself into with the hope that I can have a positive impact. So there's no way to really plan for balance.

  5. Janet Yellen:

    Roe v. Wade and access to reproductive health care, including abortion, helped lead to increased labor force participation, it enabled many women to finish school. That increased their earning potential. It allowed women to plan and balance their families and careers.

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