Definition of “plot” - 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 secret plan 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.

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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 incoming missile.
We've plotted our projected costs for the coming year, and they show a big increase.

plot verb (PLAN)

[ I or T ] to make a secret plan 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 secret plan to do something funny or enjoyable to or for someone:

[ + to infinitive ] They're plotting to play a trick on their brother.
He's plotting a surprise party 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 rough form.

(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 secret plan to do something that is wrong, harmful, or illegal:

The police discovered a plot to rob the bank.

plot noun [ C ] (STORY)

literature the plan or main story of a book, film, play, etc.:

The novel has a complicated plot that is sometimes difficult to follow.

plot noun [ C ] (GROUND)

a small piece of land that has been marked or measured for a particular purpose:

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 (= mathematical statement) and create a graph (= drawing)

[ T ] To plot something is also to mark or draw lines showing 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 /plɒt/ us

PROPERTY a small piece 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 /plɒt/ us -tt-

to mark or draw something on a piece of paper or a map:

The software system makes it possible to plot the exact location of sales vehicles.

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-dimensional graph where you can plot the current location of your organization and then identify the desired point to which you would like the organization to move.

to make a secret plan to do something:

The French building materials giant is plotting a £3bn bid for the troubled UK cement maker.

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