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1    a detailed scheme, method, etc., for attaining an objective  
2    sometimes pl   a proposed, usually tentative idea for doing something  
3    a drawing to scale of a horizontal section through a building taken at a given level  
   Compare       ground plan       1       elevation       5  
4    an outline, sketch, etc.  
5    (in perspective drawing) any of several imaginary planes perpendicular to the line of vision and between the eye and object depicted  
      vb   , plans, planning, planned  
6    to form a plan (for) or make plans (for)  
7    tr   to make a plan of (a building)  
8    tr; takes a clause as object or an infinitive   to have in mind as a purpose; intend  
     (C18: via French from Latin planus flat; compare plane1, plain1)  

American plan  
      n     (U.S)   a hotel rate in which the charge includes meals  
   Compare       European plan  
business plan  
      n   a detailed plan setting out the objectives of a business, the strategy and tactics planned to achieve them, and the expected profits, usually over a period of three to ten years  
commission plan  
      n   (in the U.S.) a system of municipal government that combines legislative and executive authority in a commission of five or six elected members  
council-manager plan  
      n   (in the U.S.) a system of local government with an elected legislative council and an appointed administrative manager  
   See also       city manager  
Dalton plan   , system  
      n   a system devised to encourage pupils to learn and develop at their own speed, using libraries and other sources to complete long assignments  
     (C20: named after Dalton, Massachusetts, where the plan was used in schools)  
European plan  
      n     (U.S)   a hotel rate of charging covering room and service but not meals  
   Compare       American plan  
Five-Year Plan  
      n   (in socialist economies) a government plan for economic development over a period of five years  
flight plan  
      n   a written statement of the details of a proposed aircraft flight  
floor plan  
      n   a drawing to scale of the arrangement of rooms on one floor of a building  
   Compare       elevation       5  
Galveston plan  
      n      another term for       commission plan  
game plan  
1    a strategy  
2    a plan of campaign, esp. in politics  
ground plan  
1    a drawing of the ground floor of a building, esp. one to scale  
   See also       plan       3  
    elevation       5  
2    a preliminary or basic outline  
installment plan   ,   (esp. Canadian)   instalment plan  
      n      the U.S. and Canadian name for       hire-purchase  
Marshall Plan  
      n   a programme of U.S. economic aid for the reconstruction of post-World War II Europe (1948--52),   (Official name)    European Recovery Programme  
      adj   having no or few dividing walls between areas  
an open-plan office floor     
personal equity plan  
      n      the full name for       PEP  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



1    contrivance, design, device, idea, method, plot, procedure, programme, project, proposal, proposition, scenario, scheme, strategy, suggestion, system  
2    blueprint, chart, delineation, diagram, drawing, illustration, layout, map, representation, scale drawing, sketch  
3    arrange, concoct, contrive, design, devise, draft, formulate, frame, invent, organize, outline, plot, prepare, represent, scheme, think out  
4    aim, contemplate, envisage, foresee, intend, mean, propose, purpose  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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A plan done for something bad or illegal.
I will never scheme in the future because it is a bad thing to do.
Used to express one's enthusiasm about a new person, or a new thing such as an idea, plan, invention or innovation
The way she goes on about him!; you'd think he was the greatest thing since sliced bread / Wow! this video game is the best thing since sliced bread!
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