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scheme

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noun \ ˈskēm \

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 in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology 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

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

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scheme

verb

Definition of scheme

schemed; scheming
transitive verb
:to form a scheme for
intransitive verb
:to form plans; also :plot, intrigue

schemer

noun

Examples of scheme in a Sentence

  1. He felt that the other men were scheming against him.

  2. He was betrayed by a scheming friend.

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First Known Use of scheme

1749



SCHEME Defined for English Language Learners

scheme

play
noun

Definition of scheme for English Language Learners

  • : 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


scheme

verb

Definition of scheme for English Language Learners

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


SCHEME Defined for Kids

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scheme

play
noun \ ˈskēm \

Definition of scheme for Students

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.

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scheme

verb

Definition of scheme for Students

schemed; scheming
:to form a secret plan

schemer

noun

Medical Dictionary

scheme

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noun \ ˈskēm \

medical Definition of scheme


Law Dictionary

scheme

noun

legal Definition of scheme

1 :a combination of elements (as statutes or regulations) that are connected, adjusted, and integrated by design :a systematic plan or program
  • an inspection scheme
2 :a clever and often dishonest plan
  • a scheme to defraud investors


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