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Meaning of “plot” in the English Dictionary

"plot" in British English

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plotnoun [C]

uk   /plɒt/  us   /plɑːt/
  • plot noun [C] (STORY)

B2 the ​story of a ​book, ​film, ​play, etc.: The ​movie has a very ​simple plot. The plots of his ​books are ​basically all the same.

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  • plot noun [C] (PLAN)

a ​secretplan made by several ​people to do something that is ​wrong, ​harmful, or not ​legal, ​especially to do ​damage to a ​person or a ​government: The plot was ​discovered before it was ​carried out. [+ to infinitive] The ​police have foiled a plot toassassinate the ​president.

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  • plot noun [C] (GROUND)

C2 a ​smallpiece of ​land that has been ​marked or ​measured for a ​particularpurpose: a ​vegetable plot There are several plots of ​land for ​sale.
  • plot noun [C] (DIAGRAM)

US a diagram or chart

plotverb

uk   /plɒt/  us   /plɑːt/ (-tt-)
  • plot verb (MARK)

[T] to ​mark or ​draw something on a ​piece of ​paper or a ​map [T] to make ​marks to show the ​position, ​movement, or ​development of something, usually in the ​form of ​lines or ​curves between a ​series of ​points on a ​map or ​piece of ​paper: Radar ​operators plotted the course of the ​incomingmissile. We've plotted ​ourprojectedcosts for the coming ​year, and they show a ​bigincrease.
  • plot verb (PLAN)

[I or T] to make a ​secretplan to do something ​wrong, ​harmful, or ​illegal: The ​army is plotting the ​overthrow of the ​government. I can't ​believe that he's plotting against his own ​father. [+ to infinitive] They're plotting (together) to take over the ​company. [T] humorous to make a ​secretplan to do something ​funny or ​enjoyable to or for someone: [+ to infinitive] They're plotting toplay a ​trick on ​theirbrother. He's plotting a ​surpriseparty for his wife's ​birthday.
  • plot verb (STORY)

[T] to write the plot for something: So ​far I've only plotted (out) the ​story in a ​roughform.
(Definition of plot from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"plot" in American English

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plotnoun [C]

 us   /plɑt/
  • plot noun [C] (SECRET PLAN)

a ​secretplan to do something that is ​wrong, ​harmful, or ​illegal: The ​policediscovered a plot to ​rob the ​bank.
  • plot noun [C] (STORY)

literature the ​plan or ​mainstory of a ​book, ​film, ​play, etc.: The ​novel has a ​complicated plot that is sometimes ​difficult to ​follow.
  • plot noun [C] (GROUND)

a ​smallpiece of ​land that has been ​marked or ​measured for a ​particularpurpose: a ​garden plot

plotverb

 us   /plɑt/ (-tt-)
  • plot verb (MARK)

mathematics [T] to ​mark a ​paper or use a ​computer to show the ​position of a ​number or ​represent a ​solution to an ​equation (= ​mathematicalstatement) and ​create a ​graph (= ​drawing) [T] To plot something is also to ​mark or ​drawlinesshowing a ​route on a ​piece of ​paper or a ​map, or to put ​numbers on a ​piece of ​paper to show how ​amounts are ​related: He plotted a ​course between Hawaii and Tahiti. We ​measured and plotted the ​amounts of ​chemicals that were ​released in the ​countryside.
(Definition of plot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"plot" in Business English

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plotnoun [C]

uk   us   /plɒt/
PROPERTY a ​smallpiece of ​land that is intended for a particular ​purpose: The ​building plot was ​valued at £160,000. We are ​planning to ​develop a plot of ​land adjacent to the ​park.

plotverb [T]

uk   us   /plɒt/ (-tt-)
to ​mark or ​draw something on a ​piece of ​paper or a ​map: The ​softwaresystem makes it possible to plot the ​exactlocation of ​salesvehicles.
GRAPHS & CHARTS to make ​marks to show the ​position, ​movement, or ​development of something, usually in the ​form of ​lines or ​curves between a ​series of ​points on a ​piece of ​paper: We ​provide a ​two-dimensionalgraph where you can plot the ​currentlocation of your ​organization and then ​identify the desired ​point to which you would like the ​organization to ​move.
to make a ​secretplan to do something: The French ​buildingmaterialsgiant is plotting a £3bn ​bid for the ​troubled UK cement ​maker.
(Definition of plot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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