Origin: 1670–80; Related forms
ground, plan, groundwork, scheme, noun use of the adj.: flat, plane1
, learned borrowing of Latin plānus
level (cf. plain1
mis·plan, verb, mis·planned, mis·plan·ning.
out·plan, verb (used with object), out·planned, out·plan·ning.
o·ver·plan, verb, o·ver·planned, o·ver·plan·ning.
pre·plan, verb, pre·planned, pre·plan·ning.
re·plan, verb (used with object), re·planned, re·plan·ning.
un·der·plan, verb (used with object), un·der·planned, un·der·plan·ning.
un·plan, verb (used with object), un·planned, un·plan·ning.
Can be confused: plain
, plan, plane
(see synonym study at the current entry).
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.