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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the story line or sequence of events in a novel, play, or the like.
The plot of the film contains a string of adventures as well as a love story.
story, story line
similar words:
counterplot, narrative, outline, plan, skeleton, subplot
definition 2: a secret plan, esp. one with an illegal or hostile purpose.
The plot to assassinate the prime minister was uncovered and the conspirators arrested.
cabal, conspiracy, counterplot, intrigue, scheme
similar words:
collusion, deal, design, machination
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: plots, plotting, plotted
definition 1: to plan secretly, esp. an illegal or hostile scheme.
The group plotted the break-in carefully so that no evidence would be left behind.
conspire, contrive, machinate
similar words:
collude, counterplot, intrigue, scheme
definition 2: to mark in order to follow or examine, as a route on a map.
As the battalion advanced toward its objective, headquarters plotted its progress.
chart, diagram, graph, map
similar words:
blueprint, design, lay out, plan
definition 3: to devise the story line of (a novel, play, or the like).
When I first plotted the novel, it had a different ending.
similar words:
block out, lay out, outline, skeletonize
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to form secret plans for an illegal or hostile purpose.
The rebel leaders plotted to overthrow the government.
conspire, intrigue, machinate, scheme
similar words:
cabal, contrive, counterplot
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derivation: plotless (adj.)
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  literature, theater