1a 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:garden plants
2a place where an industrial or manufacturing process takes place:a giant car plant
[mass noun] machinery used in an industrial or manufacturing process:inadequate investment in new plant
3a person placed in a group as a spy or informer:we thought he was a CIA plant spreading disinformation
a thing put among someone’s belongings to incriminate or compromise them.
4 Snooker a shot in which the cue ball is made to strike one of two touching or nearly touching balls with the result that the second is potted.
1put (a seed, bulb, or plant) in the ground so that it can grow:we planted a lot of fruit trees
cover or supply (an area of land) with plants:the garden is planted with herbs
(plant something out) place a plant in the ground out of doors so it can grow, especially after growing it from seed in an indoor environment:the foxgloves are grown from seed and planted out in the autumn
informal bury (someone):it was raining when we planted him
2 [with object and adverbial of place] set or place in a particular position:he planted himself squarely in front of hershe planted a kiss on his cheek
establish (an idea) in someone’s mind:the seed of doubt is planted in his mind
secretly place (a bomb that is set to go off at a later time):several incendiary devices were planted in stores
put or hide (something) among someone’s belongings to compromise or incriminate the owner:they claimed that the drugs had been planted on them by police
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
found or establish (a colony, city, or community):he was commissioned to plant the order in England
deposit (young fish, spawn, oysters, etc.) in a river or lake.