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1scheme

noun \ˈskēm\

: a clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something

: an official plan or program of action

: the way that something is arranged or organized

Full Definition of SCHEME

1
a archaic (1) :  a mathematical or astronomical diagram (2) :  a representation of the astrological aspects of the planets at a particular time
b :  a graphic sketch or outline
2
:  a concise statement or table :  epitome
3
:  a plan or program of action; especially :  a crafty or secret one
4
:  a systematic or organized configuration :  design <color scheme>

Examples of SCHEME

  1. a scheme to cheat people out of their money
  2. The company has a new scheme for insurance coverage.
  3. a scheme to improve the economy
  4. the color scheme of a room

Origin of SCHEME

Latin schemat-, schema arrangement, figure, from Greek schēmat-, schēma, from echein to have, hold, be in (such) a condition; akin to Old English sige victory, Sanskrit sahate he prevails
First Known Use: circa 1595

Synonym Discussion of SCHEME

plan, design, plot, scheme, project mean a method devised for making or doing something or achieving an end. plan always implies mental formulation and sometimes graphic representation <plans for a house>. design often suggests a particular pattern and some degree of achieved order or harmony <a design for a new dress>. plot implies a laying out in clearly distinguished sections with attention to their relations and proportions <the plot of the play>. scheme stresses calculation of the end in view and may apply to a plan motivated by craftiness and self-interest <a scheme to defraud the government>. project often stresses imaginative scope and vision <a project to develop the waterfront>.

2scheme

verb

: to make plans to do or get something in a secret and often dishonest way

schemedschem·ing

Full Definition of SCHEME

transitive verb
:  to form a scheme for
intransitive verb
:  to form plans; also :  plot, intrigue
schem·er noun

Examples of SCHEME

  1. He felt that the other men were scheming against him.
  2. He was betrayed by a scheming friend.

First Known Use of SCHEME

1749
SCHEMER Defined for Kids

1scheme

noun \ˈskēm\

Definition of SCHEME for Kids

1
:  a secret plan :  plot
2
:  a plan of something to be done :  project
3
:  an organized design <I like the room's color scheme.>

2scheme

verb
schemedschem·ing

Definition of SCHEME for Kids

:  to form a secret plan
schem·er noun
Medical Dictionary

scheme

noun \ˈskēm\

Medical Definition of SCHEME

:  schema

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