plot ( plots plural & 3rd person present) ( plotting present participle) ( plotted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A plot is a secret plan by a group of people to do something that is illegal or wrong, usually against a person or a government.
usu N to-inf, N against n
Security forces have uncovered a plot to overthrow the government..., He was responding to reports of an assassination plot against him.
2 verb If people plotto do something or plot something that is illegal or wrong, they plan secretly to do it.
Prosecutors in the trial allege the defendants plotted to overthrow the government... V to-inf
The military were plotting a coup... V n
They are awaiting trial on charges of plotting against the state. V against n
3 verb When people plot a strategy or a course of action, they carefully plan each step of it.
Yesterday's meeting was intended to plot a survival strategy for the party... V n
4 n-var The plot of a film, novel, or play is the connected series of events which make up the story.
5 n-count A plotof land is a small piece of land, especially one that has been measured or marked out for a special purpose, such as building houses or growing vegetables.
usu with supp, oft N of n
The bottom of the garden was given over to vegetable plots.
6 verb When someone plots something on a graph, they mark certain points on it and then join the points up.
We plot about eight points on the graph. V n
7 verb When someone plots the position or course of a plane or ship, they mark it on a map using instruments to obtain accurate information.
We were trying to plot the course of the submarine. V n
8 verb If someone plots the progress or development of something, they make a diagram or a plan which shows how it has developed in order to give some indication of how it will develop in the future.
They used a computer to plot the movements of everyone in the building. V n
9 If someone loses the plot, they become confused and do not know what they should do. INFORMAL
lose the plot phrase V inflects The Tories have lost the plot on law and order.
sub-plot ( sub-plots plural ) , subplot The sub-plot in a play, film, or novel is a story that is separate from and less important than the main story. n-count
...a fascinating sub-plot to the main drama.