plantplant1 /plɑːnt $ plænt/ ●●●S2W1 noun1living thing [countable]HBP a living thing that has leaves and roots and grows in earth, especially one that is smaller than a treeDon’t forget to water the plants. →houseplant2factory [countable]TIF a factory or building where an industrialprocess happensa huge chemical plant →power plant3machinery [uncountable] British EnglishTIheavymachinery that is used in industrial processesa plant hire business4something hidden [countable usually singular]GUILTY something illegal or stolen that is hidden in someone’s clothes or possessions to make them seem guilty of a crime5person [countable]SPY someone who is put somewhere or sent somewhere secretly to find out informationCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + plantrareMany rare plants were collected from India and China.commonThese plants are common in British gardens.wild plantsMany wild plants are in danger of dying out.garden plants (=plants that are grown in gardens)These butterflies feed on the flowers of several garden plants.exotic/tropical plantsExotic plants can be grown in a greenhouse.medicinal plants (=plants that can be used in medicine)A lot of research into medicinal plants and traditional remedies has now been carried out.a potted/pot plant British English (=a plant that is grown in a container)He leaves his house key under the potted plant on the porch.a house plant (=a plant grown in a pot in the house)These make excellent house plants.a climbing plant (=one that grows up things)The wall was covered with climbing plants.a trailing plant (=one that grows along the ground or hangs down)a tomato/potato/bean etc plantBean plants are easy to grow.poisonousWhat should you do if your child has eaten a poisonous plant?verbsa plant growsThe plant grows to a height of about 20 inches.a plant thrives/flourishes (=grows well)A lot of plants thrive in partial shade.a plant flowersThe plants are flowering earlier this year.grow a plantIt is not an easy plant to grow.water a plantHe could see her watering the plants in her small garden.a plant withers (=becomes drier and starts to die)plant + NOUNplant life (=plants)All but the dirtiest of rivers support some plant life.plant materialThey feed on decaying plant material.THESAURUSplant a living thing that has leaves and roots and grows in earth, especially one that is smaller than a treeDon’t forget to water the plants.Plants grow towards the sun.Botanists examined plant species from around the world.herb a small plant that is used to improve the taste of food, or to make medicineSprinkle the dish with chopped fresh herbs.medicinal herbs (=used as medicine)The shop sells an interesting range of herbs and spices.weed a wild plant growing where it is not wanted that preventscrops or gardenflowers from growing properlyShe was pulling up weeds in her garden.Herbicides can be used to prevent and control weeds.bulb a root shaped like a ball that grows into a flower or plantShe planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs.shrub a small bush with severalwoodystemsflowering shrubsRosemary is an evergreen shrub.
plantplant2 ●●○ verb [transitive]1plants/seedsHBPGROW PLANTS, VEGETABLES ETC to put plants or seeds in the ground to growResidents have helped us plant trees.We’ve planted tomatoes and carrots in the garden.plant a field/garden/area etc (with something)a hillside planted with fir trees2put something somewhere [always + adverb/preposition] informalPUT to put something firmly in or on something elseplant something in/on etc somethingHe came up to her and planted a kiss on her cheek.She planted her feet firmly to the spot and refused to move.3hide illegal goods informalSCC to hide stolen or illegal goods in someone’s clothes, bags, room etc in order to make them seem guilty of a crimeplant something on somebodyShe claims that the police planted the drugs on her.4 →plant a bomb5personSPY to put or send someone somewhere, especially secretly, so that they can find out informationThe police had planted undercover detectives at every entrance.6 →plant an idea/doubt/suspicion (in somebody’s mind) →plant something ↔ out→ See Verb table
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plant• How many large areas of coniferous forest have been planted?• The police found the stolen cameras in his flat, but he insisted they had been planted.• They planted an oak tree in the middle of the field.• He accused the police of plantingevidence.• It seemed that he had a footplanted firmly on both sides of the generationgap.• Delphiniums and hollyhocks are planted in the sun to give colour and height.• Towards the end of March, the potatoes can be plantedoutside in the ground.• With plantingseasonapproaching, all sides agree that farmers need to know what governmentprograms will be.• Perhaps the nativerainbowsoutlasted their planted sisters and brothers, he argued.• It turned out the securityservices had planted the documents in his luggage.• Someone planted the drugs on her before she left the country.• Before you plant the seeds, prepare the soil carefully.• About a dozen school children helped plant trees in the park.• He said the ground is planted with sensors that detectfootsteps.plant a field/garden/area etc (with something)• I went there every day, planted a garden, cleaned up the fields and prepared for next yearns crop.• The viewswept down to a small valley with churchspires, orderlyfarms, and freshly planted fields.• They marched directly to the native plants garden and knew exactly what to begin looking for.plant something on somebody• Someone must have planted the drugs on her.From King Business Dictionaryplantplant /plɑːntplænt/ nounMANUFACTURING1[uncountable] the machinery and equipment used in an industrial process or activityThere is a desperate need to rebuild the stock of productive plant and equipment in this country.2[countable] a factory or building where an industrial process takes place or a product is madea chemical plantThe Japanese car company plans to spend $600 million on a new engine plant.a nuclear power plant →assembly plant →fabrication plant →manufacturing plant →packing plantOriginplant1Old Englishplante, from Latinplanta“new growth on a plant, part cut off a plant to be grown again”plant2Old Englishplantian, from Latinplantare, from planta; → PLANT1