Another word for plan
A preliminary sketch
A proposed sequence of action
scheme, project, design, outline, program, idea, conception, flow chart, projection, undertaking, method, system, tactics, procedure, treatment, intention, purpose, proposal, policy, course of action, plot, conspiracy, strategy, stratagem, arrangement, way of doing things, itinerary, prospectus, blueprint, schema, scenario, game plan*; see also program 2, purpose 1.
plan refers to any detailed method or program, formulated beforehand, for doing or making something vacation plans; design stresses an intention to achieve a desired effect and implies the use of skill or craft, sometimes in an unfavorable sense, in arranging this it was his design to separate us; project suggests an ambitious or extensive plan calling for enterprise or effort, and may refer either to the proposal or to the final outcomea research project; scheme often connotes either an impractical, visionary plan or an underhanded intrigue a scheme to embezzle the funds
To plot an action in advance
prepare, scheme, devise, invent, outline, project, contrive, shape, design, map, plot, form a plan, think out, engineer, figure on, figure for, intrigue, conspire, frame, concoct, steer one's course, set guidelines, establish parameters, work up, work out, line up, plan an attack, come through, calculate on, be at, make arrangements, put up a job, reckon on, ready up, take measures, lay in provisions, bargain for, cook up*, fix to*, fix for*, pack the deal*, bore from within*, dope out*, put on ice*.
To arrange in a preliminary way
outline, draft, sketch, lay out, map out, organize, prepare a sketch, chart, map, draw, trace, design, illustrate, depict, delineate, represent, shape, preprint, chalk out, rough in, block out, block in.
To have in mind
Another word for plannoun
A method for making, doing, or accomplishing something:blueprint, design, game plan, idea, layout, project, schema, scheme, strategy. See planned
A method used in dealing with something:approach, attack, course, line, modus operandi, procedure, tack, technique. See means
Systematic arrangement and design:method, order, orderliness, organization, pattern, system, systematization, systemization. See order
To form a strategy for:blueprint, cast, chart, conceive, contrive, design, devise, formulate, frame, lay1, project, scheme, strategize, work out. (Informal) dope out. Idiom: lay plans. See planned
To have in mind as a goal or purpose:aim, contemplate, design, intend, mean1, project, propose, purpose, target. (Regional) mind. See planned, purpose
To set the time for (an event or occasion):schedule, time. See time
To work out and arrange the parts or details of:blueprint, design, lay out, map (out), set out. See planned