plant Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"plant" in British English

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plantnoun

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 ​producesseeds: 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 a ​particularproduct is made or ​power is ​produced: Two more car-assembly plants were ​closed by the ​strike. [U] UK a ​large, ​heavymachine or ​vehicle used in ​industry, for ​buildingroads, etc.: The ​sign by the ​roadworks said "Slow - ​heavy plant ​crossing". The firm's ​mainbusiness 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 ​seemguilty of a ​crime: He ​insisted the ​money was a plant.

plantverb

uk   /plɑːnt/  us   /plænt/

plant verb (LIVING THING)

B1 [T] to put a plant into the ​ground or into a ​container of ​soil so that it will ​grow: We planted ​trees and ​bushes inour new ​garden. Hyacinth ​bulbs planted in ​pots now will ​flower early in the ​spring. [T] If you plant a ​particulararea, you put plants into the ​ground there: The ​plot was ​surrounded by a ​stonewall and planted withfloweringtrees. 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 ​particularplace: 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 ​positionsecretly, ​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 ​bombsomewhere so that it will ​explode there: The ​bomb was planted in the ​stationwaitingroom.
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noun [C or U] uk   /ˈplɑːn.tɪŋ/  us   /ˈplæn.t̬ɪŋ/
Heavy ​raindelayed planting in ​parts of Indiana.
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(Definition of plant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plant" in American English

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plantnoun

 us   /plænt/

plant noun (LIVING THING)

[C] a ​living thing that usually ​producesseeds and ​typically has a ​stem, ​leaves, ​roots, and sometimes ​flowers: We ​brought a ​house plant as a ​gift when we ​spent the ​weekend with ​ourfriend Sylvia.

plant noun (GROUP)

biology [U] one of five kingdoms (= ​groups) into which ​living things are ​divided, the ​members of which have many ​cells, are ​unable to ​controltheir own ​movement, and get ​theirenergy from the ​light of the ​sun

plant noun (FACTORY)

 us   /plænt/ [C] a ​factory and the ​machinery in it used to ​produce or ​process something: a ​manufacturing plant

plantverb

 us   /plænt/

plant verb (PUT)

[T always + adv/prep] to put something ​firmly in a ​particularplace: He planted a ​kiss on her ​forehead. [T always + adv/prep] To plant an ​idea or ​story is to ​cause it to ​exist: Defense ​lawyerstry to plant ​doubts in the ​minds of the ​jurors about what ​actuallyhappened.

plant verb (PUT SECRETLY)

[T] to put something or someone in a ​positionsecretly, esp. in ​order to ​deceive: She ​insisted that the ​realthief had planted the ​evidence in her ​car.

plant verb (LIVING THING)

[T] to put a ​seed or plant into the ​ground or into a ​container of ​earth so that it will ​grow: We’ve planted some ​trees along the back of ​ourproperty.
(Definition of plant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plant" in Business English

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plantnoun

uk   /plɑːnt/  us   /plænt/ PRODUCTION
[C] a ​factory or other ​place where ​goods are ​manufactured or ​resources such as ​energy are ​produced: The city is considering ​shutting down a ​major power plant for ​environmental reasons. A ​series of recent plant ​closures has ​left hundreds of ​people out of ​work. industrial/​manufacturing/​processing plant assembly/​chemical/​bottling plant
[U] large ​pieces of ​equipment and ​machinery that are used in ​manufacturingprocesses: plant and equipment/machinery Improved ​marketconditionsworldwide are ​drivinginvestments in new plant and ​equipment.
(Definition of plant from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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