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American English: /plæn/
British English: /plan/

Translation of plan in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (diagram, map) to draw up/draw a plan
    hacer un plano
    Example sentences
    • The point of education is not to give pupils a street plan of their local district but a putative map of the world.
    • The plans should incorporate street furniture, paving, lighting and trees.
    • Oxford residents have expressed their anger at development plans on St Giles Street and at Keble College.
    Example sentences
    • You can, in fact, check seating plans through airline websites - if you know how to find them.
    • Know the seating plan and etiquette before boarding the company jet.
    • Tonight we're chilling after sorting out the seating plan and printing out the place cards for the wedding.
    1.2 (of book, essay) work out a plan before you begin
    hazte un esquema antes de empezar
  • 2 (arrangement, scheme) to go according to plan
    salir conforme estaba planeado
    salir según el plan
    there are plans for a building on the site
    están planeando construir un edificio en el solar
    do you have any plans for tonight?
    ¿tienes algún plan or programa para esta noche?
    we're making plans for the wedding
    estamos planeando la boda
    it's not worth making long-term plans
    no vale la pena hacer planes or planear a largo plazo
    there's been a change of plan plan of action/attack/campaign
    plan de acción/de ataque/de campaña
    a five-year plan pension plan
    plan de pensiones or de jubilación
    Example sentences
    • This will allow residents to look at detailed plans for the proposals and speak to council officers about how they will be implemented.
    • Members are also likely to call for more detailed plans of the other proposed measures, in readiness for public consultation.
    • Lancashire County Council offered to help draw up detailed plans using their proposals.
    Example sentences
    • Elderly residents at two closure-threatened care homes are to get their say in the plans before any final decisions are made.
    • Each girl will be formally interviewed by four judges about their interests and future plans before a decision is made.
    • Ellen has no plans to retire and hopes to be one of the happy band raising money to support Sue Ryder homes for many years to come.
  • 3 (of repayments) (Business) we bought it on an installment plan
    lo compramos a plazos
    Example sentences
    • In dollar terms, the change in contribution pension plan investment is staggering.
    • Some universities use a private pension plan, so your contribution may vary.
    • I am in the firm's defined contribution pension plan and contribute the maximum for my age.

transitive verb present participle planning past tense, past participle planned

  • 1
    hacer un esquema de
    it's all planned out in advance
    todo está planeado de antemano
    the visit went ahead as planned
    la visita se realizó según lo planeado
    we arrived, as planned, at three o'clock
    llegamos a las tres, tal y como estaba previsto or planeado
    Example sentences
    • The restaurant is quite a good size but due to popularity it is essential to book in advance if you plan on having dinner there.
    • Before you plan a trip, decide whether you'd rather try a wilderness lodge or a guest ranch.
    • This is fantastic news if you plan on making a trip to the US this year.
    Example sentences
    • It is not necessary to have only indigenous plants when planning a xeriscape design.
    • We walked for miles here, thinking very thoroughly, talking, taking hundreds of photographs, planning the design.
    • I'm planning a couple of design changes to this blog, and rounded corners may well make an appearance in the new version.
  • 2 (intend) I'm planning a trip to Mexico in August
    pienso ir a México en agosto
    tengo planeado or proyectado ir a México en agosto
    they're planning a surprise for her birthday
    le están preparando una sorpresa para el cumpleaños
    to plan to + infinitivewhere are you planning to spend Christmas?
    ¿dónde tienes planeado or pensado or dónde piensas pasar las Navidades?

intransitive verb present participle planning past tense, past participle planned

  • to plan ahead
    planear las cosas de antemano
    to plan for somethingwe need to plan for the future
    tenemos que pensar en el futuro
    we hadn't planned for this
    esto no lo habíamos previsto
    we're planning for about 50 guests
    contamos con que vendrán unas 50 personas

Phrasal verbs

plan on

verb + preposition + object
1 (intend) I'd planned on going out
había pensado salir
2 (expect, count on) I hadn't planned on having to look after her
no contaba con tener que cuidarla
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