Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun planning

3 senses of planning

Sense 1
planning -- (an act of formulating a program for a definite course of action; "the planning was more fun than the trip itself")
       => preparation, readying -- (the activity of putting or setting in order in advance of some act or purpose; "preparations for the ceremony had begun")

Sense 2
planning -- (the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise)
       => design, designing -- (the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan); "he contributed to the design of a new instrument")

Sense 3
planning, preparation, provision -- (the cognitive process of thinking about what you will do in the event of something happening; "his planning for retirement was hindered by several uncertainties")
       => thinking, thought, thought process, cerebration, intellection, mentation -- (the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb plan

4 senses of plan

Sense 1
plan, be after -- (have the will and intention to carry out some action; "He plans to be in graduate school next year"; "The rebels had planned turmoil and confusion")
       => intend, mean, think -- (have in mind as a purpose; "I mean no harm"; "I only meant to help you"; "She didn't think to harm me"; "We thought to return early that night")

Sense 2
plan -- (make plans for something; "He is planning a trip with his family")
       => think, cogitate, cerebrate -- (use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments; "I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere")

Sense 3
plan, project, contrive, design -- (make or work out a plan for; devise; "They contrived to murder their boss"; "design a new sales strategy"; "plan an attack")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

Sense 4
design, plan -- (make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form; "design a better mousetrap"; "plan the new wing of the museum")
       => create by mental act, create mentally -- (create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands)

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