Share this entry
American English: /plænt/
British English: /plɑːnt/

Translation of plant in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (Botany) plant life
    vida (feminine) vegetal
    flora (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • Eventually, it melts to supply water and nutrients to plants and aquatic organisms.
    • The satellites monitor the green pigment in plants, or chlorophyll, which leads to estimates of phytoplankton amounts.
    • As they grow, green plants and trees fix carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it to tissue.
    Example sentences
    • Still, the same rule can be applied in a household garden when planting herbaceous plants and smaller shrubs.
    • However, in a few cases, seeds of plants cultivated in botanical gardens were also used.
    • The front garden also has numerous plants and shrubs.
  • 2 2.1 countable (factory, installation)
    Example sentences
    • The tariffs that protected these industries also encouraged heavy manufacturing, so that giant car plants were located on the fringe of the postwar city.
    • 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.
    • Avoid the oil refineries and industrial plants around the commercial shipping channel.
    2.2 uncountable (equipment) heavy plant (British)
    maquinaria (feminine) pesada
    (before noun) plant hire
    alquiler (masculine) de maquinaria
    Example sentences
    • The company auctions excess inventory such as industrial plant and machinery online, and claims the process is secure for both vendors and bidders.
    • The appellants were involved in the design, manufacture, supply and installation of plant and machinery for the steel manufacturing industry.
    • He says it has also set annual targets for operational efficiency, including plant and machinery downtime.
  • 3 countable 3.1 (incriminating item) he said the knife was a plant
    dijo que el cuchillo se lo habían colocado para inculparlo
    3.2 (spy, agent)
    infiltrado (-da) (masculine, feminine)
    agente (masculine or feminine) enemigo ( or de la oposición etc. )
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1
    he planted the seed of suspicion in her mind
    sembró la sospecha en ella
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Now is the time to plan and plant flower bulbs for the holidays for both gifts and decorations.
    1.2 (garden/hillside)to plant something (with something)
    plantar algo (de algo)
    fields planted with wheat
    campos plantados de trigo
    Example sentences
    • In August, open areas can be planted with perennial cover crops such as clover or sainfoin, sometimes called esparcet or holy clover.
    • 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.
    • A bit of a waste of a resource when we could be planting plantations on cleared land, instead of chopping down magnificent forests.
  • 2 (place)
    she planted a kiss on his cheek
    le dio un beso en la mejilla
    le plantó un beso en la mejilla [colloquial]
    to plant a punch on somebody [colloquial]
    plantarle un puñetazo a alguien [colloquial]
    to plant one's feet on the ground
    plantar los pies en el suelo
    she planted herself right next to me
    se me plantó or se me plantificó justo al lado [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    • Then he grabbed me by the head and planted an enormous red kiss on my cheek.
    • He swivels his head towards her, planting a light sweet kiss on her lips.
    Example sentences
    • In a separate incident in Jebaliya, the army said it shot a man who was throwing grenades and planting a bomb.
    • Sources said that two time bombs were planted to destroy the antenna which exploded simultaneously.
    • 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.
  • 3 (Law) 3.1
    colocar (con el propósito de inculpar a alguien)
    to plant something on somebody
    colocar(le) algo a alguien
    they had planted the gun on him
    le habían colocado la pistola para inculparlo
    Example sentences
    • 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?
    • She probably made him plant false evidence to hide what really happened that day.
    Example sentences
    • He was in fact an undercover officer planted by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.
    • As for him, he's convinced that he is an agent who's been planted to subvert India.
    • They combined nobility of thought with practical incapacity; they did not spot the Gestapo informer planted on them.

intransitive verb

Phrasal verbs

plant out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
trasplantar (a la intemperie)
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.