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verb     plan pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleplanning
past tenseplanned
past participleplanned
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to think carefully about a series of actions that you need to take in order to achieve something

    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.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to think about something that you intend to build or make, and to draw a picture of how it will look

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