/ plɑːnt; NAmE plænt/ noun , verb
[ C ] a living thing that grows in the earth and usually has a stem , leaves and roots, especially one that is smaller than a tree or bush :
All plants need light and water.
flowering / garden / indoor plants
a tomato / potato plant
the animal and plant life of the area
—see also bedding plant , house plant , pot plant , rubber plant
[ C ] a factory or place where power is produced or an industrial process takes place :
a nuclear reprocessing plant
Japanese car plants
a chemical plant
—see also sewage plant ➡ note at factory
[ U ] the large machinery that is used in industrial processes :
The company has been investing in new plant and equipment.
[ C , usually sing. ] ( informal ) something that sb has deliberately placed among another person's clothes or possessions in order to make them appear guilty of a crime
[ C ] a person who joins a group of criminals or enemies in order to get and secretly report information about their activities
[ vn ]
SEEDS / PLANTS
to put plants, seeds, etc. in the ground to grow :
to plant and harvest rice
Plant these shrubs in full sun.
plant sth (with sth) to cover or supply a garden / yard, area of land, etc. with plants :
a densely planted orange grove
The field had been ploughed and planted with corn.
PUT IN POSITION
[+ adv. / prep. ] to place sth or yourself firmly in a particular place or position :
They planted a flag on the summit.
He planted himself squarely in front of us.
to hide sth such as a bomb in a place where it will not be found
plant sth (on sb) to hide sth, especially sth illegal, in sb's clothing, possessions, etc. so that when it is found it will look as though they committed a crime :
He claims that the drugs were planted on him.
plant sb (in sth) to send sb to join a group, etc., especially in order to make secret reports on its members
THOUGHT / IDEA
plant sth (in sth) to make sb think or believe sth, especially without them realizing that you gave them the idea :
He planted the first seeds of doubt in my mind.
- plant sth out
Old English plante seedling , plantian (verb), from Latin planta sprout, cutting (later influenced by French plante ) and plantare plant, fix in a place.