Synonyms of plan
1 schemeDictionary • She met her creditors to propose a plan for making repayments.
scheme • a private pension scheme
system • the decimal system of metric weights and measures
design • They drew up the design in a week.
idea • It's a good idea to keep a stock of tins in the cupboard.
programme • the programme for reform outlined by the Soviet President
project • a local development project
proposal • the government's proposals to abolish free health care
strategy • the basic principles of my strategy
method • new teaching methods
suggestion • I have lots of suggestions for the park's future.
procedure • He did not follow the correct procedure in applying for a visa.
plot • a plot to overthrow the government
device • His actions are obviously a device to buy time.
proposition • I want to make you a business proposition.
contrivance • It is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.
2 diagramDictionary • Draw a plan of the garden.
diagram • a diagram showing the workings of the engine
map • He unfolded the map and set it on the floor.
drawing • She did a drawing of me.
chart • The chart below shows the results of our survey.
illustration • She looked like a princess in a nineteenth century illustration.
representation • a life-like representation of Christ
sketch • I had a basic sketch of a plan.
blueprint • The documents contain a blueprint for a nuclear device.
layout • He tried to recall the layout of the farmhouse.
delineation • His razor-sharp delineation of ordinary life.
3 intentionDictionary • Her plan was to teach the children at home.
intention • He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
idea • The idea is to help lower-income families to buy their homes.
aim • a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
hope • Kevin hasn't given up hope of being fit.
goal • The goal is to raise as much money as possible.
target • school leavers who fail to reach their targets
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
ambition • His ambition is to sail round the world.
1 deviseDictionary • I had been planning a trip to the West Coast.
devise • We devised a scheme to help him.
arrange • She arranged an appointment for Friday afternoon.
prepare • He said the government must prepare an emergency plan for evacuation.
frame • A convention was set up to frame a constitution.
plot • a meeting to plot the survival strategy of the party
draft • He drafted a standard letter.
organize • We need someone to help organize our campaign.
invent • He invented the first electric clock.
formulate • He formulated his plan for escape.
contrive • The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
concoct • He said the prisoner had concocted the story to get a lighter sentence.
2 intendDictionary • The rebel soldiers plan to strike again.
intend • She intends to do A levels and go to university.
aim • I didn't aim to get caught.
mean • I didn't mean to hurt you.
propose • I propose to spend my entire life travelling.
purpose • His life went in the direction that he purposed.
contemplate • He contemplated a career as an army medical doctor.
envisage • I can't envisage being married to someone like him.
foresee • He did not foresee any problems.
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aimThe aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve.
• a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
Holy Grail (informal)
Holy Grail (informal)
aimIf you aim to do something, you decide or want to do it.
• I didn't aim to get caught.
ambitionIf you have an ambition to do or achieve something, you want very much to do it or achieve it.
• His ambition is to sail round the world.
Thesaurus for plan from the Collins English Thesaurus