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noun uk   us   /plæn/

plan noun (DECISION)

A2 [C] a set of decisions about how to do something in the future: a company's business plan a negotiated peace plan a five-year plan holiday plans What are your plans for this weekend? [+ to infinitive] My plan is to hire a car when I arrive in America and travel about. [C] a type of arrangement for financial investment: a pension/savings plango according to plan to happen in the way you intend: Events of this type rarely go according to plan.
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plan noun (DRAWING)

B2 [C] a drawing of a building, town, area, vehicle, machine, etc. which only shows its shape from above, its size, and the position of important details: a street plan (= a type of map of a town showing the roads) a seating plan (= a drawing which shows where each person will sit)plans [plural] B2 drawings from which something is made or built: The architect showed us the house plans that she had drawn up. I'll send a set of plans for the new machine.
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plan

verb uk   us   /plæn/ (-nn-)

plan verb (DECIDE)

B1 [I + adv/prep, T] to think about and decide what you are going to do or how you are going to do something: She helped them to plan their route. If we plan carefully, we should be able to stay within our budget. [+ question word] She's already planning how to spend her prize money.A2 [I or T] to intend to do something or that an event or result should happen: Our meeting wasn't planned - it was completely accidental. [+ to infinitive] I'm not planning to stay here much longer. [+ adv/prep] We only planned for six guests, but then someone brought a friend.
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plan verb (DESIGN)

[T] to design a building or structure: The people who planned Britain's new towns had a vision of clean modern housing for everyone.
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