plan

Do you have an idea of what you want and have thought carefully and in detail about how to get it? Then you have a plan, a series of actions required to achieve a particular goal.

A plan can exist only in your head, or it can be a physical object, such as an architectural plan of a building, showing how you propose to build it. As a verb, plan means the act of thinking about how to achieve your aims. You might plan to apply to colleges soon. When you plan something, you're laying the seeds for a future result, so it's not surprising that plan comes from the early English word plante, meaning "seedling."

Definitions of plan
  1. 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”
    synonyms: program, programme
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    audit program, audit programme
    a listing of audit procedures to be performed in completing an audit
    outline, schema, scheme
    a schematic or preliminary plan
    master plan
    a long-term outline of a project or government function
    blueprint, design, pattern
    something intended as a guide for making something else
    plan of action
    a plan for actively doing something
    regime, regimen
    (medicine) a systematic plan for therapy (often including diet)
    project, projection
    a planned undertaking
    agenda, docket, schedule
    a temporally organized plan for matters to be attended to
    pension account, pension plan, retirement account, retirement plan, retirement program, retirement savings account, retirement savings plan
    a plan for setting aside money to be spent after retirement
    employee savings plan
    a plan that allows employees to contribute to an investment pool managed the employer
    guideline, road map
    a detailed plan or explanation to guide you in setting standards or determining a course of action
    stock purchase plan
    an organized plan for employees of a company to buy shares of its stock
    budget
    a summary of intended expenditures along with proposals for how to meet them
    play
    a preset plan of action in team sports
    policy
    a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
    battle plan
    plan for conducting a battle
    system
    a procedure or process for obtaining an objective
    maneuver, manoeuvre, tactic, tactics
    a plan for attaining a particular goal
    scheme, strategy
    an elaborate and systematic plan of action
    itinerary, travel plan
    a proposed route of travel
    cash cow, money-spinner, moneymaker
    a project that generates a continuous flow of money
    fare, menu
    an agenda of things to do
    401-k, 401-k plan
    a retirement savings plan that is funded by employee contributions and (often) matching contributions from the employer; contributions are made from your salary before taxes and the funds grow tax-free until they are withdrawn, at which point they can be converted into an IRA; funds can be transferred if you change employers and you can (to some extent) manage the investments yourself
    IRA, individual retirement account
    a retirement plan that allows you to contribute a limited yearly sum toward your retirement; taxes on the interest earned in the account are deferred
    Keogh plan
    a tax-deferred pension plan for employees of unincorporated businesses or for self-employed persons
    ESOP, employee stock ownership plan
    a program under which employees regularly accumulate shares and may ultimately assume control of the company
    balanced budget
    a budget is balanced when current expenditures are equal to receipts
    initiative
    a new strategy or plan to solve a problem or improve a situation
    type of:
    idea, thought
    the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about
  2. 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”
    synonyms: be after
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    think out
    consider carefully and rationally
    aim, aspire, draw a bead on, shoot for
    have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
    go for, hope
    intend with some possibility of fulfilment
    overshoot
    aim too high
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    intend, mean, think
    have in mind as a purpose
  3. verb
    make plans for something
    “He is planning a trip with his family”
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    schedule
    plan for an activity or event
    chart
    plan in detail
    project, propose
    present for consideration, examination, criticism, etc.
    compose, draw up, frame
    make up plans or basic details for
    plot
    plan secretly, usually something illegal
    scheme
    devise a system or form a scheme for
    designate, destine, intend, specify
    design or destine
    direct, engineer, mastermind, orchestrate, organise, organize
    plan and direct (a complex undertaking)
    lay out
    provide a detailed plan or design
    schedule
    make a schedule; plan the time and place for events
    time
    assign a time for an activity or event
    book
    engage for a performance
    calendar
    enter into a calendar
    slot
    assign a time slot
    offer
    put forward for consideration
    introduce
    put before (a body)
    cabal, complot, conjure, conspire, machinate
    engage in plotting or enter into a conspiracy, swear together
    counterplot
    make a plot in response to another plot
    connive, intrigue, scheme
    form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
    mean
    destine or designate for a certain purpose
    design
    plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect
    slate
    designate or schedule
    choreograph
    plan and oversee the development and details of
    block out
    plan where and when songs should be inserted into a theatrical production, or plan a theatrical production in general
    loft
    lay out a full-scale working drawing of the lines of a vessel's hull
    aim, calculate, direct
    specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
    program, programme
    arrange a program of or for
    reschedule
    assign a new time and place for an event
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    cerebrate, cogitate, think
    use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments
  4. verb
    make or work out a plan for; devise
    plan an attack”
    synonyms: contrive, design, project
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    plot
    devise the sequence of events in (a literary work or a play, movie, or ballet)
    concert
    contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
    map, map out
    plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
    strategize
    devise a strategy, plan, or course of action
    type of:
    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
  5. noun
    an arrangement scheme
    “a plan for seating guests”
    synonyms: design
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    configuration, constellation
    an arrangement of parts or elements
    layout
    a plan or design of something that is laid out
    snare, trap
    something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
    hotel plan, meal plan
    a plan and a room rate for providing a room and meals to guests at a hotel
    redundancy
    (electronics) a system design that duplicates components to provide alternatives in case one component fails
    network topology, topology
    the configuration of a communication network
    chunking, unitisation, unitization
    (psychology) the configuration of smaller units of information into large coordinated units
    iron trap
    a trap from which there is no escape
    speed trap
    a trap arranged on a roadway for catching speeders
    American plan
    a hotel plan that includes three meals daily
    Bermuda plan
    a hotel plan that provides a full breakfast daily
    European plan, continental plan
    a hotel plan that provides a continental breakfast daily
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    arrangement, organisation, organization, system
    an organized structure for arranging or classifying
  6. noun
    scale drawing of a structure
    “the plans for City Hall were on file”
    synonyms: architectural plan
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    elevation
    drawing of an exterior of a structure
    floor plan
    scale drawing of a horizontal section through a building at a given level; contrasts with elevation
    ground plan
    a floor plan for the ground level of a building
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    drawing
    a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
  7. verb
    make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form
    plan the new wing of the museum”
    synonyms: design
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    engineer
    design as an engineer
    redesign
    design anew, make a new design for
    blueprint, draft, draught
    make a blueprint of
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    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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