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1‘a pot plant’
herb, flower, vegetable, shrub, weed
greenery, flora, vegetation, undergrowth
rare herbage, verdure
2‘we thought he was a CIA plant spreading disinformation’
spy, informant, informer, undercover agent, secret agent, agent, mole, infiltrator, operative
North American informal spook
1‘plant the seeds this autumn and they will flower next summer’
sow, scatter, seed, put in the ground
bed out, set out, transplant
2‘he planted his feet more firmly on the ground’
put, place, set, position, station, situate, settle, stick, fix
3‘someone had planted the idea in Alexander's mind’
insert, impress, imprint, instil, put, place
implant, introduce, sow the seeds of, fix, establish, embed, root, lodge
4‘the letters might have been planted there to embarrass the government’
hide, place secretly, conceal, secrete
1‘the plant commenced production in June’
factory, works, foundry, mill, workshop, shop, yard, industrial unit, business unit
2‘there has been inadequate investment in new plant’
machinery, machines, equipment, apparatus, appliances, gear
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