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Plan appears in the following tongue twister:

  • We need a plan to fan a pan; find a pan to fan, then find a fan to fan the pan, then fan the pan.

Plan appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Plan no damn Madonna LP.
  • A man, a plan, an anal panama.
  • A dog, a plan, a canal: pagoda.
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Usage statistics for the noun plan:

spoken English47.89%written English52.11% conversational speech9.04%task-oriented speech90.96% imaginative writing30.85%informational writing69.15%
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Plan is sometimes a misspelling of plain.

The word plan is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun plan

What does plan mean as a name of something?

Plan is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.View more statistics!

noun - plural: plans

  1. a series of steps to be carried out or goals to be accomplished
  2. an arrangement scheme
  3. scale drawing of a structure
    • example: the plans for City Hall were on file
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of plan: architectural plan
    • more generic word: drawing = a representation of forms or objects on a surface by means of lines
    • more specific terms:
      • elevation = drawing of an exterior of a structure
      • floor plan = scale drawing of a horizontal section through a building at a given level

Alternative definition of the noun plan


  1. A drawing showing technical details of a building, machine, etc., with unwanted details omitted, and often using symbols rather than detailed drawing to represent doors, valves, etc.
    • A set of intended actions, through which one expects to achieve a goal.
    • A 2-dimensional drawing of a building as seen from above with obscuring or irrelevant details such as roof removed, or of a floor of a building, revealing the internal layout; as distinct from the elevation.

    Definition of the verb plan

    What does plan mean as a doing word?

    Plan is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

    verb - inflections: planned, planning

    1. have the will and intention to carry out some action
      • examples: He plans to be in graduate school next year | They plan to move
      • syntax:
        Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
        [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I wished for her to do it
        [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I wished the children found
        [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]He wished to come
        [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]He wished that she would come immediately
        [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I wished him to be nice
        [Experiencer - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I wished it

        Wish Verbs (with the same syntax): aim, dream, expect, hope, imagine, intend, mean, propose, think, wish, yen.

      • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
      • synonym of plan: be after
      • more generic words: intend / mean / think = have in mind as a purpose
      • more specific terms:
    2. make plans for something
    3. make or work out a plan for; devise
      • examples: plan an attack | They plan to move
      • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
      • synonyms of plan: contrive / design / project
      • more generic terms: create by mental act / create mentally = create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
      • more specific terms:
        • plot = devise the sequence of events in
        • concert = contrive (a plan) by mutual agreement
        • map out / map = plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
    4. make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form

    Other definitions of plan

    What does plan also mean?


    1. [nautical, military, China] People's Liberation Army Navy
    2. [US] A particular standardized examination taken by high-school students.


    Plan is an international development organisation operating in 50 countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote and protect the rights of children. The nonprofit organisation is one of the world's largest child-centred community development organisations, working in 58,000 communities with 600,000 volunteers to improve the quality of life for more than 56 million children. Plan has 21 national organisations responsible for raising funds and awareness in their respective countries.

    • also known as Plan Internacional, Fundación Plan, プラン・インターナショナル, 國際培幼會, 國際計畫兒童發展協會, 國際兒童計畫組織, Plan International
    • official website:


    "Plan" is a Bollywood actionthriller filmthat was released in January 2004, starring Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, Dino Morea and Sameera Reddy. It was produced by Sanjay Gupta and directed by Hriday Shetty. This film is loosely based on the 1997 Hollywood comedy Suicide Kings.


    "Plan" is an artwork by Jenny Saville, completed in (23 years ago).


    1. "Plan" is the soundtrack album of the 2004 film.
    2. "Plan" is a musical EP of Octex.
      • released on (16 years ago)
    3. "Plan" is a cataloged instance, composition.


    1. Plan: Plans are a set of drawings or two-dimensional diagrams used to describe a place or object, or to communicate building or fabrication instructions. Usually plans are drawn or printed on paper, but they can take the form of a digital file.
      • also known as Plans
    2. Plan: A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective. See also strategy. It is commonly understood as a temporal set of intended actions through which one expects to achieve a goal. For spatial or planar topologic or topographic sets see map.
    3. The PLAN is a preliminary ACT test that is generally administered in the sophomore year. ACT, Inc. claims that it predicts success on the ACT. It is viewed as the ACT's equivalent of the PSAT.
    4. Plan is a Bi-monthly architecture and design publication based in Dublin, Ireland. It caters mainly for Irish and international architects and designers. Plan also documents alternative architectural culture such as interdisciplinary interplays between architecture and philosophy, art and new social movements. The magazine has featured contributions from, and interviews with, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, Massimiliano Fuksas, Tadao Ando, Paul Andreu, Will Alsop, Wolf D Prix and Frank McDonald amongst others. The first Editor-In-Chief, and principal architect of the magazine, was Uinseann MacEoin. Acting as both editor and publisher, his magazine won much praise in 1970s Ireland. Plan has won several awards since this time, and received a major redesign in 2007.
    5. Plan is a calendar and day planner program for the X Window System based on the Motif widget set. plan is free software released under a custom permissive license.

    Phrases with Plan

    Phrases starting with the word Plan:

    1. Plan a
    2. Plan B
    3. Plan on
    4. Plan Out

    Phrases ending with the word Plan:

    1. Band Plan
    2. game plan
    3. Grid plan
    4. meal plan
    5. open-plan
    6. Sail-plan
    7. time plan
    8. 401-k plan
    9. Birth Plan
    10. floor plan
    11. Floor-Plan
    12. hotel plan
    13. keogh plan
    14. Action plan
    15. battle plan

    Other phrase containing the word Plan:

    1. To Plan on

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Plan

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    Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2010)


    A plan is a supplemental pension plan covered by the Section 3221(d) exception described in paragraph (a) of this section only if it, meets the requirements of paragraphs (b)(2) through (b)(4) of this section. (2) Pension benefit requirement.

    Google previewTrue Success (2007)

    by Arnold Judson

    Third, an operating plan is a means for involving all key players in the operating system(s) that support the business, in the...

    Google previewUsing Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning (2013)

    Across the Disciplines, Across the Academy by Naomi Silver, Matthew Kaplan, Danielle LaVaque-Manty, Deborah Meizlish

    We explain that whereas an outline documents and organizes content, a design plan is a tool that documents and...

    Google previewIntermediate Accounting, , Problem Solving Survival Guide (2011)

    by Marilyn F. Hunt, Donald E. Kieso, Jerry J. Weygandt, Terry D. Warfield


    Google previewCrime and Planning (2012)

    Building Socially Sustainable Communities by Derek J. Paulsen, Ph.D.

    However, for the practicing planner, the comprehensive plan is a vital and living document that acts as a guide for how...

    In a very real sense, the comprehensive plan is the embodiment of the values of a city as well as the hopes, dreams, and ...

    Google previewI. T. Wars (2006)

    Managing the Business Technology Weave in the New Millennium by David Scott

    THE ONE -YEAR PLAN A properly maintained Five-Year Plan means that your One-Year Plan is being worked on and...

    THE INDIVIDUAL ACTION PLAN Each IT staff member's Individual Action Plan is a roll down from the department's ...

    Google previewCurbside Consultation in Pediatric Asthma (2012)

    49 Clinical Questions by Aaron Chidekel

    Chidekel, MD An asthma action plan is a critical component of safe and high-quality asthma management.

    Google previewAllocation model for firefighting resources-- a progress report (1970)

    by Frederick W. Bratten

    A utility set for a fire plan is a set of numbers, one for each IFS, which expresses the relative importance to the fire management of stopping the fire on each...

    Google previewTitle 12 Banks and Banking Parts 1026 to 1099 (Revised as of January 1, 2014) (2014)

    12-CFR-Vol-9 by Office of The Federal Register, Enhanced by IntraWEB, LLC

    provides that a closed-end credit transaction or an open-end credit plan is a high-cost mortgage if, under the terms of the loan contract or open-end credit agreement, a creditor can charge either a prepayment penalty ...

    Google previewThe 51 Fatal Business Errors and How to Avoid Them (2008)

    by Jim Muehlhausen

    Well, writing an operations plan is a REAL pain.

    The power of an operations plan is that you most likely do NOT understand your business systems at the beginning of the process, but you WILL understand them by the time you are done.

    Google previewThe Health Information Exchange Formation Guide (2011)

    The Authoritative Guide for Planning and Forming an HIE in Your State, Region or Community by Laura Kolkman, RN, MS, FHIMSS, Bob Brown

    A Business Plan is the management tool that describes what you will do to achieve your mission and how your...

    a Business Plan is that it encourages you to think carefully about the business of health information exchange and how you will ...

    Google previewState of the knowledge report the association of race ethnicity, gender, and social class in outdoor recreation experiences

    Theoretical Approach The National Park Service Diversity Action Plan is a five year strategic plan developed for increasing diversity within the work force, modifying the interpretive programs and materials, educating employees, partners, and ...

    Google previewThe Business of Medical Practice (2010)

    Transformational Health 2.0 Skills for Doctors, Third Edition by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

    CONCLUSION Writing a medical office business plan is a daunting effort, but it is not nearly as difficult as starting or expanding a practice without one. And, outsourced help is ...

    Google previewEtymologicon magnum, or Universal etymological dictionary, on a new plan [By W. Whiter]. (1800)

    by Walter Whiter

    Thus every part of language is regulated by a simple and a similar process : — The same cause ever produces the same effect — anomalies appear not in the plan; but all is order, uniformity and consistency. We shall now be enabled to ...

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    Usage statistics about plan

    The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

    Usage statistics for the noun plan:

    spoken English47.89%written English52.11% conversational speech9.04%task-oriented speech90.96% imaginative writing30.85%informational writing69.15%

    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun plan:


    Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb plan:


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    Quotes about Plan

    If you plan for a year, plant kalo. If you plan for ten years, plant koa. If you plan for one-hundred years, teach the children.
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    Scrabble value of P3L1A1N1

    The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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