plant a/the seed (of something)

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plant a seed

1. To lay the groundwork for something that can develop or expand in the future. By involving the community in our plans, we hope to plant a seed for an event that will grow into a neighborhood tradition for years to come.
2. To introduce an idea to someone with the intention of making them more likely to eventually support or agree with it. I casually mentioned the idea of my mom watching Noah some weekends. Just planting a seed so she might be open to it down the line.
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plant a/the seed (of something)

To cause someone to have the inkling of a certain idea, thought, or feeling, especially in an indirect or unapparent manner. Jane's comments planted the seed of doubt in John's mind about Sarah's intentions. The kindness of these strangers planted a seed of hope in me that I hadn't felt in years.
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