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verb plot pronunciation in British English /plɒt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleplotting
past tenseplotted
past participleplotted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a secret plan with other people to do something bad
    a woman who plotted the murder of her husband
    He warned that they might be plotting a coup against the administration.
    plot to do something: The men were charged with plotting to overthrow the government.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to secretly plan to do something
      The girls had been plotting Antonia’s party in great excitement.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to mark on a map the way that a ship or plane travels
    plot a course for something: We plotted a course for one of the smaller islands.
  3. 3
    [transitive] literature to invent the series of related events that make up the main story in a book, film etc
    a densely plotted novel


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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