Definition of plant in English:



  • 1A living organism of the kind exemplified by trees, shrubs, herbs, grasses, ferns, and mosses, typically growing in a permanent site, absorbing water and inorganic substances through its roots, and synthesizing nutrients in its leaves by photosynthesis using the green pigment chlorophyll.

    • ‘They are also responsible for the majority of the water uptake by the plant via their branch roots.’
    • ‘He added the dry conditions have also turned some fields into dust bowls, which can blow material onto the leaves of plants and grass the cattle are consuming.’
    • ‘Eventually, it melts to supply water and nutrients to plants and aquatic organisms.’
    • ‘Why didn't these early plants grow lots of leaves with few stomata?’
    • ‘The satellites monitor the green pigment in plants, or chlorophyll, which leads to estimates of phytoplankton amounts.’
    • ‘A restriction in leaf elongation in plants growing in drying soil is a well-reported phenomenon.’
    • ‘It covers large areas quickly and the plants absorb nutrients through the roots and the leaves.’
    • ‘He found that the fungus causes the plant's roots to grow finer and more fibrous.’
    • ‘If a plant's DNA calls for a plant to grow long roots, then the plant grows long roots.’
    • ‘As the leaves open on most trees and shrubs, a haze of light green surrounds the plants and herbs of the garden.’
    • ‘Green plants are the only organisms in the natural world that can make their own food.’
    • ‘Traits that permit recruitment on disturbed sites and allow plants to survive root and shoot damage are essential for survival in these habitats.’
    • ‘An example will demonstrate this: plants that grow near water are usually heavy, with big, dark green leaves that wilt and break easily.’
    • ‘They crawl up the beach, and in their starvation eat the leaves of the wild plants found growing there.’
    • ‘Root growth defines the extent to which a plant explores soil for water and mineral nutrients.’
    • ‘For instance, plants grew leaves with new shapes, had different pigmentation, or hairy roots.’
    • ‘The soil needs to be enriched to remain a viable growing medium capable of supplying plants with nutrients and water.’
    • ‘As they grow, green plants and trees fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to tissue.’
    • ‘This is why plants could not develop on land until the ozone layer was formed through photosynthesis of plants and other biological organisms in the water.’
    • ‘The action spectrum of photosynthesis in green plants has principle peaks in the blue and red regions.’
    herb, flower, vegetable, shrub, weed
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    1. 1.1A small plant, as distinct from a shrub or tree.
      ‘garden plants’
      • ‘Aloe is a green plant that has long leaves with somewhat spiky edges.’
      • ‘However, in a few cases, seeds of plants cultivated in botanical gardens were also used.’
      • ‘Crab spiders are common and occur in fairly high numbers on most crops and garden plants.’
      • ‘Thus, leaf N was greater than root N when tomato plants were grown on nitrate.’
      • ‘Domanic took pride in his vegetable garden with 20 tomato plants of various varieties.’
      • ‘It is an opportunity to buy unusual garden plants.’
      • ‘Italians naturally have a ‘green thumb,’ and even those living in apartments grow plants in pots.’
      • ‘Mature leaves of maize were taken from plants grown in the greenhouse during the summer.’
      • ‘The front garden also has numerous plants and shrubs.’
      • ‘Arizona's other urban pillar, Tucson, seems more in tune with the desert, and uses local trees and plants to landscape gardens and parks.’
      • ‘Still, the same rule can be applied in a household garden when planting herbaceous plants and smaller shrubs.’
      • ‘The leaves of plants within this family grow in opposite pairs; their stems are square.’
      • ‘This garden is packed with mature trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants.’
      • ‘A member of the poppy family, the celandine plant is distinct for its golden yellow flower and bright orange milky juice.’
      • ‘Garden plants and shrubs and garden furniture all produced at Dove House will also be on sale during the afternoon.’
      • ‘Alpine and rock garden plants provide gardeners with a fantastic range to choose from and often produce disproportionately large or prolific numbers of attractive flowers.’
      • ‘Grass and small plants are growing on top of the sandstone.’
      • ‘Initially corn was a garden plant valued for early maturity and easy food preparation.’
      • ‘Western Oregon had been very low on rainfall that year, and even the plants in our backyard garden were wilting.’
      • ‘In both cases, leaf water and osmotic potential was lower than that of plants grown under conditions.’
  • 2A place where an industrial or manufacturing process takes place.

    ‘the company has 30 plants in Mexico’
    • ‘These are old fashioned meat processing plants where they process a few animals a day, not thousands, as in factory farms.’
    • ‘A major arms manufacturer with a giant plant in Down District is to play a key role in a multi-billion pound aircraft carrier contract.’
    • ‘Much like the beef processing plants of today, there have been several modifications to the technology of the modern beef machine.’
    • ‘The tariffs that protected these industries also encouraged heavy manufacturing, so that giant car plants were located on the fringe of the postwar city.’
    • ‘Under the new rules, only designated plants are allowed to process poultry, which cannot be sold without a quarantine certificate.’
    • ‘It is true that at macro-level, the huge industrial plants, big business and financial houses play a big role in overall economic considerations.’
    • ‘He traveled to two machine manufacturing plants and a steel factory in January over a three-day period.’
    • ‘Avoid the oil refineries and industrial plants around the commercial shipping channel.’
    • ‘The report made the case for reducing the number of plants processing milk into butter, milk powder and curd from 11 to four.’
    • ‘Instead, he began the first of a succession of mundane jobs in factories and food processing plants.’
    • ‘Scotland's volume manufacturing plants will increasingly find themselves competing for jobs with low-wage economies in Asia and eastern Europe.’
    • ‘Raw sewage is flowing into the Cuyahoga because sewage treatment plants have been down.’
    • ‘In Yorkshire the crisis has also hit workers at four meat processing plants.’
    • ‘Under the new strategy, the cigarette plants and tobacco processing factories of the holding will be divided up to be sold separately.’
    • ‘The district includes a well-established urban area with large manufacturing and industrial plants that drive the local economy.’
    • ‘He also asked for federal money to retrain workers and for tax breaks to help manufacturers outfit old plants with new equipment.’
    • ‘But, as it has acquired mills processing plants, it has closed four in New England.’
    • ‘There are no industrial plants or factories in the region, and it is rich in parks and green areas.’
    • ‘One of the most expensive departments in a car plant is the paint shop, so DeLorean saved the money and pretended that the brushed stainless steel finish was a style feature.’
    • ‘Huge amounts of capital are available to build new coal-fired electric power plants.’
    factory, works, foundry, mill, workshop, shop, yard, industrial unit, business unit
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    1. 2.1Machinery used in an industrial or manufacturing process.
      ‘inadequate investment in new plant’
      • ‘Heavy investment has been made in plant and machinery to ensure that each pudding is perfectly steamed over a specific period.’
      • ‘It invests in plant & equipment, manufacturing a variety of vehicles and other products.’
      • ‘Officers also stipulate that no plant or machinery should be installed or operated at the premises in connection with the use at any time.’
      • ‘He could just sell plant and machinery to the company.’
      • ‘The mining lease, machinery and plant, which had cost more than six thousands Pounds were sold at auction for just five Pounds.’
      • ‘Resources include plant and machinery, patents, brands, and skilled people.’
      • ‘But unlike plant and machinery, a new owner cannot sell staff and get a return.’
      • ‘The appellants were involved in the design, manufacture, supply and installation of plant and machinery for the steel manufacturing industry.’
      • ‘Capital allowances are given instead, for plant, machinery and factory type premises.’
      • ‘On November 25 he saw heavy plant and machinery in use.’
      • ‘As the machinery and plant, plus the men, were all in good trim, they were convinced that no other obstacles, like those of the past would occur again.’
      • ‘He says it has also set annual targets for operational efficiency, including plant and machinery downtime.’
      • ‘He said the secret behind the firm's success is that profits are ploughed back into the company to invest in new plant and machinery.’
      • ‘The employer, it was said, was under a duty to take reasonable care to supply his workmen with proper plant and machinery.’
      • ‘It has already invested more than £1 million in new plant and machinery.’
      • ‘From now on motor vehicles will be treated the same as other plant and machinery and both categories will be allowed over a 5 year period.’
      • ‘Theoretically, an employee can claim a capital allowance for machinery or plant used in his employment.’
      • ‘Under a Government scheme, companies that purchase equipment and plant machinery can build up credit on their tax bill according to how much they invest.’
      • ‘The company auctions excess inventory such as industrial plant and machinery online, and claims the process is secure for both vendors and bidders.’
      • ‘We produce none of the sophisticated plant, equipment and machinery we need to mine, catch or process what the earth gives us.’
      machinery, machines, equipment, apparatus, appliances, gear
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  • 3A person placed in a group as a spy or informer.

    ‘we thought he was a CIA plant spreading disinformation’
    • ‘Elizabeth was convinced that Paul was a CIA plant there to spy on her.’
    • ‘I could tell she was a plant the minute she started speaking.’
    spy, informant, informer, undercover agent, secret agent, agent, mole, infiltrator, operative
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    1. 3.1A thing put among someone's belongings to incriminate or compromise them.
      ‘he insisted that the cocaine in the glove compartment was a plant’
      • ‘Within two days they were exploring the possibility that the note was a plant and that the saboteurs might not be a terrorist group after all, but possibly a disgruntled railroad employee.’


  • 1Place (a seed, bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow.

    • ‘If seeds are planted where the trees will be expected to grow later, consider the tree's sun and shade requirements.’
    • ‘Initially 2-4 seeds were planted in each pot; 2 weeks after germination the seedlings were thinned to one per pot.’
    • ‘Thirty years ago we planted a seed that has grown into a strong and vibrant tree, but that tree needs sustenance, part of which is money.’
    • ‘Thinking this might make a good sifter, she took one to the garden with her when she planted seeds.’
    • ‘When moldy seeds are planted, seedling death results in poor stands.’
    • ‘He helped with the seed planting at Corkwood and planted the seeds at Sand Ponds.’
    • ‘To obtain information about the emergence of flower bud abortion, bulbs were planted parallel to the NMR measurements.’
    • ‘You won't find seedlings of swedes and turnips in your garden centre, so planting seeds are the go.’
    • ‘She enjoys planting the bulbs and watching the lilies grow and bud.’
    • ‘If you have planted seeds in the past and they did not grow it is probably your fault’
    • ‘Nutrients were thoroughly mixed into the substrate, water was added to field capacity and the pots were incubated for 10 d in a glasshouse before seeds were planted.’
    • ‘Germinated seeds were planted individually in ceramic pots containing 300 ml of vermiculite, and then inoculated.’
    • ‘In this paper we report on patterns of growth rings formed in four species of alpine forbs that were grown from seed and were planted in a restoration experiment on an alpine ski run in the Swiss Alps.’
    • ‘For the last two years Joshua, a year four pupil at Moorhouse Primary School, has helped her to plant seeds, bulbs and plants and to tidy the garden.’
    • ‘Tomorrow, she planned to go back to the nursery to buy seeds she'd plant now that would grow and bloom in the spring.’
    • ‘Do not use any strong commercial fertilizer or fresh manure when planting bulbs.’
    • ‘If in doubt which side is up, plant the bulb on its side and it will correct itself when it grows.’
    • ‘Now is the time to plan and plant flower bulbs for the holidays for both gifts and decorations.’
    • ‘Second, nearly all of the seeds planted grow under the inducing conditions and can contribute to the next generation.’
    • ‘We didn't have one in Rome, and at the villas there was always someone to plant seeds and prune flowers.’
    sow, scatter, seed, put in the ground
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    1. 1.1Place a seed, bulb, or plant in (a place) to grow.
      ‘the garden is planted with herbs’
      • ‘As noted above, many of the areas being planted to oil palm are in wetlands.’
      • ‘These isolation areas were planted to wheat, soybean, or sorghum the previous year.’
      • ‘The children's play area was finished off yesterday, a fitness trail is being created and a mini-orchard and nature area will be planted in the coming months.’
      • ‘The terrace areas were subsequently planted with a variety of small shrubs.’
      • ‘On average, about 2,000 palms can be planted on such an area of land, Lee said.’
      • ‘Trees, including copper beech and mountain ash, are planted around the lawn area at the base of the garden to give a sense of scale.’
      • ‘Owen planted the grassy area known as Stockroute Park with olive and cypress trees, creating a Greek landscape.’
      • ‘Some areas were planted with alien conifers but these are slowly being replaced by native broadleaf trees that would have historically been found in the forest.’
      • ‘There is off-street parking and a paved patio area to the rear, and the gardens are planted with lawns and rose bushes.’
      • ‘No herbicides or pesticides are used on the garden, which was planted in early 1995.’
      • ‘This shrub can become very large in size, therefore needing a large area to be planted in.’
      • ‘That building had been an eyesore for years, and was totally superfluous since its function was to raise seedlings for planting the parks around the place with fresh flowers.’
      • ‘If someone applied for resource consent for planting a large area in forestry, that would have a positive climate change effect.’
      • ‘The villagers have come from their gardens and planted the roadsides with daffodils.’
      • ‘Those areas are not planted specifically for cutting, nor are they by any means flat.’
      • ‘We had a large kitchen garden and occasionally planted a small field of corn but we did not maintain a high operation farm like the majority of our neighbors.’
      • ‘The Shakespeare Garden is planted with herbs referred to by Shakespeare in his plays, including mint, camomile, marjoram and lavender.’
      • ‘A bit of a waste of a resource when we could be planting plantations on cleared land, instead of chopping down magnificent forests.’
      • ‘In August, open areas can be planted with perennial cover crops such as clover or sainfoin, sometimes called esparcet or holy clover.’
      • ‘Many elementary schools have herb gardens that are planted and cared for by the students.’
    2. 1.2informal Bury (someone)
      • ‘She has threatened him, who apparently is a very nice chap, that if he takes any more of our votes, she's going to plant him in the ground with his trees.’
      • ‘He won't be mentioned too very much here due to the fact that we planted him 13 years ago and he's just been no fun since.’
      inter, place in a tomb, lay to rest, bury, consign to the grave
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  • 2Place or fix in a specified position.

    ‘she planted a kiss on his cheek’
    • ‘Then quickly touch an unpainted part of your computer case and keep your feet planted in one position while installing your RAM.’
    • ‘They appeared to leave a high ball to each other and he gladly ended any confusion by planting the loose ball into the open net.’
    • ‘Whereas memory brings the past to us, the imagination plants us in that lost world.’
    • ‘He got on the score-sheet again when he played a nice one-two with his brother Thomas before planting the ball in the net.’
    • ‘This weekend, you can tour the wild world while planted squarely on a lowly beach towel, and it involves no down payments of your first born to evil sorcerers.’
    • ‘One of his first teaching jobs planted him in Listowel in the early 1970s, enriching and extending the relationship beyond football.’
    • ‘He swivels his head towards her, planting a light sweet kiss on her lips.’
    • ‘Then he grabbed me by the head and planted an enormous red kiss on my cheek.’
    • ‘The trick of forecasting and televising the weather has changed a bit since I was first planted in front of a television.’
    • ‘With just seconds left on the clock, he picked the ball up on the left flank before racing towards the edge of the box and planting the ball into the top corner.’
    • ‘He planted him over extra cover for six, but edged his next delivery to the wicketkeeper to make it 44 for two.’
    • ‘I turned to look and saw Ellyn, standing tall and barefoot in the sand, dressed in flowing white robes inlaid with golden filigree, and a spear as tall as she was planted in the sand beside her.’
    • ‘She suddenly caught herself and pushed all these thoughts to the back of her mind, planting a smile across her face where the blank expression had been a moment before.’
    • ‘Sometimes career growth means blooming where you're planted.’
    • ‘We were planted right in the middle of seven teams and it made me think we have to pick up maximum points against the countries below us and pick up points elsewhere.’
    • ‘He wasted no time in planting a ball from him on to the roof of the club offices and although the Australian played with all his usual freedom he was generally forced to treat him with respect.’
    • ‘Then he won a ball out near midfield, beat three of four tackles on a powerful run before planting an unstoppable shot in the back of the net.’
    • ‘The centre forward rounded a defender before planting the ball expertly in the net to put Wicklow in front for the first time.’
    • ‘Given its recent history, the chances are that the Conservative Party will prove incapable of recognising the gift horse which the government has planted squarely in its mouth.’
    • ‘Next thing I know a quite attractive dark haired woman, in her late twenties I think, has wrapped her arms around my neck and planted a very solid kiss on my lips.’
    put, place, set, position, station, situate, settle, stick, fix
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    1. 2.1Position oneself.
      ‘she planted herself on the arm of his chair’
      • ‘He arrives late, plants himself on the couch next to him, and lights a cigar.’
      • ‘Once again, he has put the Caribbean on the sports map, and in the process firmly planted himself at the top of cricket's batting hierarchy.’
      • ‘He plants himself in the middle of the room, and he speaks.’
      • ‘She was asked to step over to the ‘rush’ line, where she planted herself in last bright rays of afternoon sunshine.’
      • ‘Whenever I see these common birds - the slim statues of ivory bodies, the fiery plumage of breeding pairs - I could plant myself in one spot and watch forever.’
      • ‘Wal-Mart outwitted its rival by growing slowly since 1962 and first planting itself in many rural areas, where it cost much less to build.’
      • ‘With my dog on an extra long leash, I planted myself on a lawn chair and read ‘Unfit for Command’ by flashlight until about 1: 00 a.m.’
      • ‘Klaxons and alarums rang out, and soldiers and archers and mages by the thousands surrounded the castle and planted themselves in prearranged positions.’
      • ‘The woman hands a bag of food to her daughter, strides up to the swings, plants herself directly before her son and in one motion wraps her arms around the boy's legs, tackling him in mid-air.’
      • ‘I grabbed a friend and we planted ourselves at a filthy booth with our tray of artery-clogging food and a cup of ice cold Storm to wash it down with.’
      • ‘I know this because she keeps planting herself in the living room stamping her feet, shaking her head, and demanding that I find a way to entertain her.’
      • ‘We lingered long over the paper with lots of ‘help’ to digest the news of the day, but as the mercury climbed steadily into triple digits we planted ourselves in front of the fan and tried to move as little as possible.’
      • ‘They plant themselves right in the middle of Poorville.’
      • ‘That's usually the way to get things done as a resident, I've found - just plant yourself in front of the people responsible (be it the lab supervisor, the x-ray tech, the pharmacist or what have you) and do not leave until they help you.’
      • ‘Or get a spiral notebook and a ballpoint, plant yourself under a tree, and pen a few lines of prose.’
      • ‘He plants himself firmly in the realm of hip hop, and his solo albums and collaborations support this.’
      • ‘Like almost every foreigner who plants himself among peasants, the good doctor made at least one enemy, when he tried to stop the annual cull of migrant birds by the local butcher.’
      • ‘And, while you have little control over random run-ins at school, you must stop strategically planting yourself in the bleachers during his soccer practice.’
      • ‘Watching him, I can't help but think of the stylites, fanatical Christian monks of the Middle Ages who would plant themselves atop columns in the desert and stay there for weeks and months.’
      • ‘The postmaster plants himself between a particularly agitated man and him, telling the man that he will be judged at Paris.’
    2. 2.2Establish (an idea) in someone's mind.
      ‘the seed of doubt is planted in his mind’
      • ‘Perhaps the original idea of 2001 as Year Of The Ape was planted in our minds by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.’
      • ‘What seeds do we want, as teachers of writing and as writers about the business of writing, to plant in the minds of other and emerging writers?’
      • ‘Something had been planted in your mind, you just didn't realize it.’
      • ‘But as the elevator raced up, a seed of doubt had been firmly planted in my mind.’
      • ‘I do think the piece was subtly constructed to plant this idea.’
      • ‘An idea has been planted that opera and culture could be one way to restore Kenya's ailing tourism industry.’
      • ‘If I plant subliminal ideas in his developing mind he will no doubt fall madly in love with me in the present.’
      • ‘He would have continued his observation of the Scientific Convention if doubt hadn't been planted in his mind.’
      • ‘By catering to his whims, you have planted the notion that he is entitled to demand whatever he wants.’
      • ‘I could accidentally plant suggestions in your mind, or take you someplace dangerous.’
      • ‘After the germ of the idea was first planted in her mind by the deserted camp at Spring Hill, she set to researching Cotswold life during wartime years.’
      • ‘The doubts were planted in his mind when he took part in a excavation at the royal fort at Dunadd in Argyll in the 1970s.’
      • ‘Several notable challenges remain planted in my mind.’
      • ‘A seed of doubt has been planted in the minds of parents, rightly or wrongly, but just the same it's there and cannot be reversed.’
      • ‘Following the fall of The Wall he planted an idea of bringing five Lowton churches together to set up The Lowton Churches Romania Appeal.’
      • ‘A year later three politicians from Scotland's new Parliament travelled to Washington to witness Tartan Day and the seeds of an idea were planted.’
      • ‘This new idea which had been planted subconsciously in his mind by a man with no reading or writing skills, began to give him a healthy respect for himself.’
      • ‘Someone had to plant the idea to encourage others to come on board.’
      • ‘Back in 1996, when she first planted the idea of creating an Internet portal for farmers, she failed to reap any results.’
      • ‘But he does not believe it is a true memory and the images must have been planted in his mind by the aggressive questioning of the police at the time of Ben's disappearance.’
      • ‘If others are stubborn, and that's likely, you'll just plant an idea in their mind, then wait till they suggest it as if it was something they just thought of.’
      insert, impress, imprint, instil, put, place
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    3. 2.3Secretly place (a bomb that is set to go off at a later time)
      • ‘I condemn those responsible for planting the bomb.’
      • ‘An estimated four million to six million land mines have been planted in Cambodia since 1967.’
      • ‘At the same time bombs were also planted at Oval and above ground at one of the Shepherd's Bush stations.’
      • ‘According to recent reports, the SAS are using satellite tracking devices to pinpoint and kill suicide bombers as they utter their final prayers before planting their bombs.’
      • ‘A land mine had been planted in the stadium during construction.’
      • ‘In a separate incident in Jebaliya, the army said it shot a man who was throwing grenades and planting a bomb.’
      • ‘Pipe bombs were planted on a window ledge of the house and beneath the van in the village of Cloughmills.’
      • ‘Magistrates at the youth court in Trowbridge heard on Friday how the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, put on an American accent and told staff a bomb was planted in one of the school buildings.’
      • ‘Saboteurs planted a bomb on that pipeline last night.’
      • ‘His plan failed when he ran out of money for explosives and his conspirators planted the bomb next to the wrong support structure within the basement of the building.’
      • ‘It was not immediately clear who planted the bombs.’
      • ‘A man accused of planting a car bomb as part of a terrorist feud spent hours ‘scouting’ the area near his victim's Bolton home, a court was told.’
      • ‘He was held as a material witness with supposed knowledge of a plot to plant a dirty bomb in the United States.’
      • ‘Another factor preventing their return is the thousands of land mines that were planted during the war.’
      • ‘As long as a single individual feels justified in firing a missile, or planting a bomb, or wielding a penknife, terror will never be totally defeated.’
      • ‘Sources said that two time bombs were planted to destroy the antenna which exploded simultaneously.’
      • ‘To use the classic example, one could claim that he had in custody a suspect believed to have planted a time bomb that, if not defused, would kill many innocents.’
      • ‘The game required that players deduce the location of an atom bomb planted by terrorists before it exploded.’
      • ‘Two men were convicted for planting the bombs aboard the Cubana flight.’
      • ‘They allege that if they were terrorists they would have had no difficulty planting a bomb as they checked tickets, frisked fans and walked close to the pitch.’
    4. 2.4Put or hide (something) among someone's belongings to compromise or incriminate the owner.
      ‘he planted drugs on him to extort a bribe’
      • ‘During the trial, the court was told police had smashed the drugs ring by planting a hidden microphone at their headquarters, Debbie's Diner.’
      • ‘As an indicator, he was asked by the press if the guns found at Kraal were planted there, and he answered ‘No Comment’!’
      • ‘His organisation was given millions of dollars to promote the cause which largely involved planting false information about him in the world's media.’
      • ‘Mainly because it seems more likely that she was actually trafficking drugs than it is that someone planted them on her.’
      • ‘Apparently he can convince the cops to plant drugs in her purse if she tries to leave the marriage with their daughter.’
      • ‘The surveillance by the army's FRU, and its IRA double agents, included the planting of bugs in the homes of Irish republican activists and sympathisers.’
      • ‘In Spain, a young teen is arrested after a drug dealer plants some hash in his backpack.’
      • ‘Or, as he has suggested, where they deliberately planted in order to discredit the White House?’
      • ‘She probably made him plant false evidence to hide what really happened that day.’
      • ‘I decided to plant an imposter cava among the seven authentic champagnes.’
      • ‘After all, if someone has gained control of a suspect's computer couldn't incriminated material be planted?’
      • ‘He's highly skilled at defeating surveillance systems, planting bugs and ferreting information from computer systems.’
      • ‘He enlivened one spring camp in Cocoa, after the club switched to Florida, by planting a young but very alive cobra in another player's foot locker.’
      • ‘The only thing that could change the outcome would be a conviction of a baggage handler at Brisbane or Sydney airport for planting the drugs in his bag.’
      • ‘She said she was given cash by him to buy drugs and told to plant them in the Point Inn in Quigley's Point, Inishowen.’
      hide, place secretly, conceal, secrete
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    5. 2.5Send (someone) to join a group or organization to act as a spy or informer.
      • ‘Imagine their outrage if Democrats tried to plant a guy like this in the press corps!’
      • ‘There have been agents almost certainly planted in certain extremist right wing groups.’
      • ‘The FBI considered AIM an extremist organization, and planted spies in the group.’
      • ‘The party had said it did not support the man and that he was planted by him to split his vote.’
      • ‘Actors were planted in the audience, fitted with specially adapted costumes.’
      • ‘We were not told where we were going, for security reasons - it seemed they might have planted spies among them.’
      • ‘Some of my friends think that he was planted by the producers.’
      • ‘They seem to have done two things, take their time to study our operations and plant people at every level of the CPA administration.’
      • ‘He was in fact an undercover officer planted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.’
      • ‘Indeed, there were rumors that a paranoid White House was planting informants in newsrooms and even tapping reporters' phones.’
      • ‘As for him, he's convinced that he is an agent who's been planted to subvert India.’
      • ‘She took out her gun and prepared herself for the battle she thought would end her life, unaware that the Agent planted was also at the scene.’
      • ‘He, for instance, is both a criminal boss and a carefully planted police agent.’
      • ‘They combined nobility of thought with practical incapacity; they did not spot the Gestapo informer planted on them.’
      • ‘The task of counterintelligence is to figure out what the other side is doing, how they are deceiving us, what double agents they have planted in our midst.’
      • ‘Now it turns out the question read by him was planted by a newspaper reporter.’
    6. 2.6Found or establish (a colony, city, or community)
      • ‘But last week he walked away from his much-heralded attempt to buy back the company that had planted him so firmly in the restaurant arena.’
      • ‘Antioch, the capital of the Roman province of Syria, was where the first church was planted among the Gentiles.’
      • ‘Churches were planted among a tribal people in the Philippines, teaching was given and leaders were appointed.’
      • ‘They talked occasionally of planting colonies, but were diverted by the war.’
      • ‘I arrived here with my wife of 26 years and three children, and with no idea where the will of God would lead us to settle to begin planting a Reformed Baptist church.’
      • ‘Mission groups travel outside the city to plant and nurture new faith communities.’
      • ‘At the same time, however, Alexander planted new Greek cities across his empire.’
      • ‘He has been involved in mission and evangelism for over 20 years, including five years in South Africa planting a multicultural congregation.’
      set up, start, begin, get going, put in place, initiate, institute, form, found, create, bring into being, inaugurate, organize, lay the foundations of, build, construct, install
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    7. 2.7Deposit (young fish, spawn, oysters, etc.) in a river or lake.
      • ‘Later, he did not take it for granted that the fish in a river could simply be planted as needed.’
      • ‘Also, they had to treat Sandwash Reservoir after it was found both smallmouth and largemouth bass had been illegally planted, threatening what had been an excellent trout fishery.’
      • ‘Crawfish has been planted in many lakes in Sweden, to ensure some fun times and some home-cooked crawfish.’
      • ‘This indicated that some of the original fifteen thousand young fish planted in 1871 had survived and matured.’
      • ‘Most major Scottish rivers now have a facility in which juvenile salmon can be produced from wild adult fish and planted back into suitable habitat within the catchment.’


Old English plante seedling plantian (verb), from Latin planta sprout, cutting (later influenced by French plante) and plantare plant, fix in a place.