Usage of the word plan

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I know that there are many meanings of the word, plan and I was wondering if the meaning of it in the sentence is intention or method or either one, depending on context?

 

"There are no plans to build new offices."

 

 

According to some dictionaries, in 'His plan is to go back to the USA', the meaning of it is intention and it is equal to 'to go back t0 the USA'.

 

In 'The government has announced plans to create one million new training places', the meaning of it is arrangement or method. and they are not equal to 'to creat one million...'

 

So I thought that the meaning of plan in the first example is arrangement or method, but my dictionary says it means intention, so I am so confused now. What do you experts think? Do we really have to distinguish one meaning from the other like this? Thank you so much as always.

asked Dec 02 '12 at 01:42 Hans Contributor

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