plan Definition

  • 1a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something
  • 2an intention or decision about what one is going to do

Using plan: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "plan" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I have a plan to start my own business.

  • Example

    The company's expansion plan was approved by the board.

  • Example

    What are your plans for the weekend?

  • Example

    We need to come up with a plan to solve this problem.

plan Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using plan

  • best-laid plans

    even the most carefully planned projects can go wrong


    We had everything prepared for the party, but the weather ruined our best-laid plans.

  • plan ahead

    to make arrangements in advance


    If you want to travel during the holidays, you need to plan ahead and book your tickets early.

  • stick to the plan

    to continue following the original plan


    Even though things got difficult, we decided to stick to the plan and finish the project on time.

Phrases with plan

  • a strategy or plan of action for achieving a goal


    The coach developed a game plan to win the championship.

  • plan B

    an alternative plan to be used if the original plan fails


    If we can't get the permit for the first location, we'll have to go with plan B.

  • five-year plan

    a government plan for economic development over a period of five years


    The Soviet Union implemented several five-year plans during its history.

Origins of plan

from Latin 'plannus', meaning 'flat, level'


Summary: plan in Brief

The term 'plan' [plæn] refers to a detailed proposal or intention for achieving something. It can range from personal goals to business strategies, as in 'I have a plan to start my own business.' 'Plan' also includes phrases like 'game plan,' and idioms like 'best-laid plans,' which means even the most carefully planned projects can go wrong.

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