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verb plan pronunciation in British English /plæn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleplanning
past tenseplanned
past participleplanned
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to think carefully about a series of actions that you need to take in order to achieve something
    a carefully planned career
    They had been planning their trip to Africa for months.
    plan for the future: We need to plan for the future now that we’re getting married.
    plan ahead: We’ll need to plan ahead if we want to take a year off for travelling.
    plan for a contingency/eventuality (=plan for what might happen): Officials are planning for all contingencies.
    1. a.
      if something is planned for a particular time or place, plans have been made for it to take place then or there
      be planned for something: a wedding planned for July
      The meeting is planned for next week.
      The shopping centre planned for this site may take years to build.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to intend to do something
    plan to do something: My boss is planning to retire at 50.

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