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  1. plant
    IPA[plant]
  2. noun

    • 1. a 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.

    • 2. a small plant, as distinct from a shrub or tree:

      garden plants
    • 3. a place where an industrial or manufacturing process takes place:

      the company has 30 plants in Mexico
      Synonym : factory, works, foundry, mill, workshop, shop, yard, industrial unit, business unit
    • 4. machinery used in an industrial or manufacturing process:

      inadequate investment in new plant
      Synonym : machinery, machines, equipment, apparatus, appliances, gear
    • 5. a person placed in a group as a spy or informer:

      we thought he was a CIA plant spreading disinformation
      Synonym : spy, informant, informer, undercover agent, secret agent, agent, mole, infiltrator, operative, spook
    • 6. a thing put among someone's belongings to incriminate or compromise them:

      he insisted that the cocaine in the glove compartment was a plant

    verb

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

      we planted a lot of fruit trees
      Synonym : sow, scatter, seed, put in the ground, bed out, set out, transplant
    • 2. place a seed, bulb, or plant in (a place) to grow:

      the garden is planted with herbs
    • 3. bury (someone):

      it was raining when we planted him
    • 4. place or fix in a specified position:

      she planted a kiss on his cheek
    • 5. position oneself:

      she planted herself on the arm of his chair
    • 6. establish (an idea) in someone's mind:

      the seed of doubt is planted in his mind
      Synonym : insert, impress, imprint, instil, put, place, implant, introduce, sow the seeds of, fix, establish, embed, root, lodge
    • 7. secretly place (a bomb that is set to go off at a later time):

      several incendiary devices were planted in stores
    • 8. put or hide (something) among someone's belongings to compromise or incriminate the owner:

      he planted drugs on him to extort a bribe
      Synonym : hide, place secretly, conceal, secrete
    • 9. send (someone) to join a group or organization to act as a spy or informer:

      he managed to plant an agent in his war council
    • 10. found or establish (a colony, city, or community):

      he was commissioned to plant the order in England
    • 11. deposit (young fish, spawn, oysters, etc.) in a river or lake.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: plant, plural noun: plants

    • v.: verb: plant, 3rd person present: plants, gerund or present participle: planting, past tense: planted, past participle: planted

    • noun

      a 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.

      a small plant, as distinct from a shrub or tree:

    • verb

      put (a seed, bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow:

      cover or supply (an area of land) with plants:

    • noun

      a tropical American plant of the pea family, whose leaflets fold together and leaves bend down when touched. A common weed of sugar cane, it has become naturalized throughout the tropics.

      a delicate or sensitive person.

    • noun

      an installation where electrical power is generated for distribution.

      an engine or other apparatus which provides power for a machine, building, etc.

    • noun

      an instance of falling face first into or on to something:
    • verb

      fall face first into or on to something:
    • noun

      an evergreen tree of the fig family, which has large dark green shiny leaves and is widely cultivated as a houseplant. Native to Southeast Asia, it was formerly grown as a source of rubber.

      another term for rubber tree

    • noun

      the plant that yields tobacco.

      an ornamental plant related to the tobacco plant.

    • noun

      a plant that produces seeds, as opposed to one that produces spores.
    • noun

      a Brazilian plant with variegated leaves which are erect at night but lie flat during the day, grown as a houseplant.
    • noun

      a plant of the lily family that has long narrow leaves with a central yellow or white stripe, native to southern Africa and popular as a houseplant.
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