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noun     plant pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a living thing that grows in soil, has leaves and roots, and needs water and light from the sun to live

    a garden/pot/house plant

    a strawberry plant

  2. 2
    [countable] a factory that produces power, or processes chemicals etc
    1. a.
      a factory that makes cars, machines, equipment etc

      a car assembly plant (=where cars are put together from parts)

  3. 3
    [uncountable] British large machines and equipment used in industry

    plant hire (=industrial machines for rent)

  4. 4
    [countable] [usually singular] something stolen or illegal that is put on someone without their knowledge, or is hidden in other possessions so that they appear guilty when it is found
  5. 5
    [countable] a person who is put into a group or organization to find out information secretly
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