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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.

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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.
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noun [C or U] uk   /ˈplɑːn.tɪŋ/  us   /ˈplæn.t̬ɪŋ/
Heavy rain delayed planting in parts of Indiana.
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