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verb [transitive]     plant pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleplanting
past tenseplanted
past participleplanted
  1. 1
    to put trees, plants, or seeds in soil or the ground so that they will grow there

    I’ve planted a small apple tree in the garden.

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    1. a.
      to use an area of land for growing trees, plants, crops etc
      plant something with something:

      We drove past fields planted with a variety of crops.

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  2. 2
    to firmly put someone or something or yourself in a particular place or position
    plant something in/on etc something:

    Toby’s aunt planted a big, wet kiss on his cheek.

    Henry planted himself in the seat next to me.

  3. 3
    to put something illegal or stolen on someone secretly, or to hide it in their possessions, so that they appear guilty when it is found

    Three officers were accused of planting evidence in the suspect’s room.

    plant something on someone:

    Someone must have planted the gun on him.

  4. 4
    to put someone in a group or organization so that they can find out information secretly

    The police had planted an officer in the club to catch the drug dealers.

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  5. 5
    if someone plants a bomb, they hide it where they want it to explode
  6. 6
    if you plant an idea in someone’s mind, you introduce it so that they begin to think about it

    Both candidates will make promises and plant ideas, trying to earn trust.

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