Definition of “plant” - English Dictionary

“plant” in British English

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uk /plɑːnt/ us /plænt/


[ U ] machines used in industry:

The industry was accused of having invested little in workers, plant, or infrastructure.

[ C ] a factory in which a particular product is made or power is produced:

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.


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 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.
noun [ C or U ] uk /ˈplɑːn.tɪŋ/ us /ˈplæn.t̬ɪŋ/

Heavy rain delayed 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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us /plænt/

plant noun (LIVING THING)

[ C ] a living thing that usually produces seeds and typically has a stem, leaves, roots, and sometimes flowers:

We brought a house plant as a gift when we spent the weekend with our friend 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 control their own movement, and get their energy 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:


us /plænt/

plant verb (PUT)

[ T always + adv/prep ] to put something firmly in a particular place:

He planted a kiss on her forehead.

[ T always + adv/prep ] To plant an idea or story is to cause it to exist:

Defense lawyers try to plant doubts in the minds of the jurors about what actually happened.

plant verb (PUT SECRETLY)

[ T ] to put something or someone in a position secretly, esp. in order to deceive:

She insisted that the real thief 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 our property.

(Definition of “plant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“plant” in Business English

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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.

[ U ] large pieces of equipment and machinery that are used in manufacturing processes:

plant and equipment/machinery Improved market conditions worldwide are driving investments in new plant and equipment.

(Definition of “plant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)