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noun [countable]     plan pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    a series of actions that you think about carefully to help you to achieve something

    a peace plan

    make/work out/outline a plan:

    We need to make a plan before we can start on the project.

    go/run according to plan:

    Everything went according to plan (=there were no problems).

    a change of plan:

    There’s been a change of plan. The meeting will now take place in Berlin.

    ahead of plan (=earlier than expected):

    The building was completed ahead of plan.

    have/make plans for something:

    We don’t have any plans for our holiday yet.

    plan to do something:

    The administration has announced plans to reduce the use of pesticides in food production.

  2. 2
    something that you intend to do and make arrangements to achieve

    Her plan is to move to France after she graduates.

  3. 3
    a technical drawing that shows details of how a building, city, machine etc will be built or developed
    1. a.
      a drawing showing how something is or will be made

      I’ve made a detailed plan of my new garden.

      a seating plan

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    go to plan to go according to plan

    If everything goes to plan, the project will bring in a huge amount of money.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 28/09/2014
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