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plan

[plan] /plæn/
noun
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 called plan view. a 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.
verb (used with object), planned, planning.
8.
to arrange a method or scheme beforehand for (any work, enterprise, or proceeding):
to plan a new recreation center.
9.
to make plans for:
to plan one's vacation.
10.
to draw or make a diagram or layout of, as a building.
verb (used without object), planned, planning.
11.
to make plans:
to plan ahead; to plan for one's retirement.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < French: ground, plan, groundwork, scheme, noun use of the adj.: flat, plane1, learned borrowing of Latin plānus level (cf. plain1)
Related forms
planless, adjective
planlessly, adverb
planlessness, noun
misplan, verb, misplanned, misplanning.
outplan, verb (used with object), outplanned, outplanning.
overplan, verb, overplanned, overplanning.
preplan, verb, preplanned, preplanning.
replan, verb (used with object), replanned, replanning.
underplan, noun
underplan, verb (used with object), underplanned, underplanning.
unplan, verb (used with object), unplanned, unplanning.
well-planned, adjective
Can be confused
plain, plan, plane (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. plot, formula, system. Plan, project, design, scheme imply a formulated method of doing something. Plan refers to any method of thinking out acts and purposes beforehand: What are your plans for today? A project is a proposed or tentative plan, often elaborate or extensive: an irrigation project. Design suggests art, dexterity, or craft (sometimes evil and selfish) in the elaboration or execution of a plan, and often tends to emphasize the purpose in view: a misunderstanding brought about by design. A scheme is apt to be either a speculative, possibly impracticable, plan, or a selfish or dishonest one: a scheme to swindle someone. 4. sketch, draft, diagram, chart. 8. design, devise, plot.
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Examples for planned
  • If planned carefully, these systems virtually eliminate the problem of uneven water delivery.
  • And now, suddenly, she had to take over the job six months earlier than planned.
  • The news ends speculation about where she planned to continue her career.
  • Multimillion-dollar venues, many of them financed largely by state money, are opening or planned at colleges across the country.
  • One day after notifying campus officials that she planned to take a maternity leave, the job offer was withdrawn.
  • planned and taught writing across the curriculum based courses on varied topics.
  • All the parts they needed had to be planned correctly in advance and none could be forgotten.
  • It was successfully implemented during the first month, and then fighting resumed and many planned activities were suspended.
  • It is doubtful that anyone would take their own life because their career didn't turn out exactly as they planned.
  • These were destined for the altar of a magnificent stone abbey the settlers planned to build.
British Dictionary definitions for planned

plan

/plæn/
noun
1.
a detailed scheme, method, etc, for attaining an objective
2.
(sometimes pl) a proposed, usually tentative idea for doing something
3.
a drawing to scale of a horizontal section through a building taken at a given level; a view from above an object or an area in orthographic projection Compare ground plan (sense 1), elevation (sense 5)
4.
an outline, sketch, etc
5.
(in perspective drawing) any of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision and between the eye and object depicted
verb plans, planning, planned
6.
to form a plan (for) or make plans (for)
7.
(transitive) to make a plan of (a building)
8.
(transitive; takes a clause as object or an infinitive) to have in mind as a purpose; intend
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin plānus flat; compare plane1, plain1
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Word Origin and History for planned
plan
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 plant," from It. planta "ground plan." The verb is first recorded 1728. Planned economy is attested from 1931. Planned Parenthood (1942) formerly was Birth Control Federation of America. Phrase planned obsolescence is attested from 1966. Planner "book or device that enables one to plan" is attested from 1971.
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Idioms and Phrases with planned
In addition to the idiom beginning with plan also see: best-laid plans
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