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plan

noun [C]     /plæn/
[C] a set of actions that are intended to achieve a specific aim: a plan/plans to do sth The government has launched a $935m plan to create jobs.a plan/plans for sth Plans for a share buyback are expected to be unveiled later this week.have plans/no plans to do sth A representative of the bank said it had no plans to make further cuts in its bonus rates.under a plan A further 2,500 job cuts are planned for this year under a plan to save €1.3bn in costs.a strategic/financial/marketing plan Operations that do not fit the firm's overall strategic plan are currently being sold off. a restructuring/spending/recovery plan an ambitious/controversial plan immediate/long-term/future plans a three-phase/five-point/ten-year planhave/come up with/draw up a plan You will need to have a plan to cover start-up expenses while you grow your business.announce/unveil/reveal a plan The telecommunications giant yesterday announced a restructuring plan.outline/formulate/finalize a plan Over the next few months, the board will finalize its plans for meeting the 2020 mandate on carbon dioxide emissions.abandon/shelve/scrap a plan Plans to expand into Spain and Portugal were shelved during the recession last year.keep to/stick to/follow a plan By sticking to our original plan, we finally made a success of the business.approve/back/support a plan Ministers meeting in Brussels approved a plan to refinance the project.agree/adopt/implement a plan Get your team around the table and agree a plan of action to give more attention to detail. oppose/reject a plan go ahead/press ahead/proceed with a plana plan involves/includes sth A new €30 million investment plan announced Friday includes the construction of new plants.a plan fails/succeeds Plans to reassure investors failed and shares slipped 3%.
an idea about what you may do in the future: What are your plans after you graduate from college?a plan/plans for sth You need to sit down and think about your plans for retirement.sb's plan is to do sth Their plan is to cut income tax for the lower paid.
FINANCE a financial arrangement in which someone regularly saves or invests money: a retirement/investment/savings plan
a detailed drawing or diagram of a machine or building that shows the different parts, rooms, etc., including their size and shape: A team of architects drew up plans for the new office building.
a drawing of a room or other area that shows the position or arrangement of things inside it: a floor/seating plan
→ See also action plan, business plan, cafeteria plan, contingency plan, dividend reinvestment plan, employee share ownership plan, floor plan, health plan, party plan, pension plan, plot plan
(Definition of plan noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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