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plant

noun uk   /plɑːnt/ us    /plænt/

plant noun (LIVING THING)

A1 [C] a living thing that grows in earth, in water, or on other plants, usually has a stem, leaves, roots, and flowers, and produces seeds: native plants and animals garden/greenhouse/indoor plants a tomato plant
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plant noun (BUILDING/MACHINES)

[U] machines used in industry: The industry was accused of having invested little in workers, plant or infrastructure. [C] a factory in which such machines are used: Two more car-assembly plants were closed by the strike. [U] UK a large, heavy machine or vehicle used in industry, for building roads, etc.: The sign by the roadworks said "Slow - heavy plant crossing". The firm's main business was plant hire.

plant noun (PUT SECRETLY)

[C usually singular] something illegal or stolen that has been put secretly in a person's clothing or among the things that belong to them to make them seem guilty of a crime: He insisted the money was a plant.

plant

verb uk   /plɑːnt/ us    /plænt/

plant verb (LIVING THING)

B1 [T] to put a plant into the ground or into a container of earth so that it will grow: We planted trees and bushes in our new garden. Hyacinth bulbs planted in pots now will flower early in the spring. [T] If you plant a particular area, you put plants into the ground there: The plot was surrounded by a stone wall and planted with flowering trees. a densely planted garden (= one in which the plants are close together)
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plant verb (PUT)

[T + adv/prep] to put something firmly and strongly in a particular place: My brother planted himself on the sofa in front of the television. He planted a kiss on her forehead/a blow on his opponent's jaw.C2 [T usually + adv/prep] to cause an idea or story to exist: That incident planted doubts about him in my mind. Who planted these rumours?

plant verb (PUT SECRETLY)

[T usually + adv/prep] informal to put something or someone in a position secretly, especially in order to deceive someone: She insisted that the drugs had been planted on her without her knowledge.B2 [T usually + adv/prep] informal to put a bomb somewhere so that it will explode there: The bomb was planted in the station waiting room.
planting
noun [C or U] uk   /ˈplɑːn.tɪŋ/ us    /ˈplæn.t̬ɪŋ/
Heavy rain delayed planting in parts of Indiana.
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Translations of “plant”
in Korean 식물…
in Arabic نَبات…
in French plante, installation, équipement…
in Turkish bitki, fabrika, atelye…
in Italian pianta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 生物體, 植物…
in Russian растение, завод…
in Polish roślina, zakład…
in Spanish planta, equipo, maquinaria…
in Portuguese planta…
in German die Pflanze, die Anlage…
in Catalan planta…
in Japanese 植物…
in Chinese (Simplified) 生物体, 植物…
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