plan / plan/ • n. 1. a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something: the UN peace plan. ∎ a scheme for the regular payment of contributions toward a pension, savings account, or insurance policy: a personal pension plan.2. (usu. plans) an intention or decision about what one is going to do: I have no plans to retire.3. a detailed diagram, drawing, or program, in particular: ∎ a fairly large-scale map of a town or district: a street plan. ∎ a drawing or diagram made by projection on a horizontal plane, esp. one showing the layout of a building or one floor of a building. Compare with elevation (sense 3). ∎ a diagram showing how something will be arranged: look at the seating plan.• v. (planned, pla·nning) [tr.] 1. decide on and arrange in advance: they were planning a trip to Egypt| he plans to fly on Wednesday | [intr.] we plan on getting married in the near future. ∎ [intr.] make preparations for an anticipated event or time: we have to plan for the future.2. design or make a plan of (something to be made or built): they were planning a garden.PHRASES: someone's (or the) best plan a person's (or the) most sensible course of action.go according to plan happen as one arranged or intended.plan of action (or attack) an organized program of measures to be taken in order to achieve a goal.
Fraser Reekie (1946)