scheme

noun
\ ˈskēm How to pronounce scheme (audio) \

Definition of scheme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a 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

scheme

verb
schemed; scheming

Definition of scheme (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to form a scheme for

intransitive verb

: to form plans also : plot, intrigue

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Other Words from scheme

Verb

schemer noun

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Noun

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

Examples of scheme in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

He felt that the other men were scheming against him. He was betrayed by a scheming friend.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Bankrate’s former chief financial officer, Edward J. DiMaria, and its former vice president of finance, Hyunjin Lerner, previously pleaded guilty and received prison sentences for their roles in the scheme. Kristin Broughton, WSJ, "Baton, Successor to Bankrate, Pays $28 Million to Settle Accounting Fraud Case," 6 Mar. 2019 This is where Sater’s ties to the mafia interested law enforcement: At least five different New York City crime families were involved in the scheme. Alex Ward, Vox, "Felix Sater, the spy, criminal, and mafia-linked business executive tied to Trump, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 After the limbs were smashed, the injured were taken to hospitals where accomplices in the scheme would handle their cases, authorities said. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Police say Sicily gangsters crushed limbs in insurance fraud," 9 Aug. 2018 Prosecutors have said that, among other things, the misappropriated money was used to pay off the $262,219 mortgage on Holiefield and Morgan's Harrison Township home, as well as luxury items for those caught up in the scheme. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 Also charged in the scheme are Rafael Sanchez, 30 of Palmetto; Jerome Miller, 29 of Bradenton; and Jose Venegas, 23 of Dade City. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando man tried to flush heroin down toilet during raid by feds, court records say," 13 July 2018 Sam McIntosh, the head of MC Squared, who like Longmeyer and O’Bryan is also serving time in federal prison for his role in the scheme, did not give to Beshear’s campaign. Tom Loftus, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear's 'tainted' donations may be more than what's in his fund," 11 July 2018 Prosecutors also allege employees of the medical technology companies Stryker, a US company, and Drager, of Germany, participated in the scheme. BostonGlobe.com, "GE’s Latin America CEO arrested in Brazil health care fraud probe," 5 July 2018 Harris was among several women who pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Overdoses, prison, scant treatment: Mother's story shows state of KC’s opioid crisis," 26 June 2018

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Within its nondescript walls, safe from the unseasonably chilly February day swirling outside, all eyes are on Hondo Ohnaka, a scheming pirate from Star Wars: Rebels. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 Acting as Julieanne Porter’s conscious in the film, George Downes plays the vital role of making us not totally turn on our scheming leading lady. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "My Best Friend's Wedding," 14 Feb. 2019 Eberflus took over much of Dallas’s pass defense scheming in 2016 and 2017 and implemented a few more matchup coverage concepts. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Draft Needs: Finding the Right Fits for New Defensive Coordinators," 18 Apr. 2018 Bits of 18th-century flavor remain in the brief comic scenes of gossip and scheming that surround the big showpiece arias, and Cilea’s masterly orchestration, with its hints of Wagner, ties the whole thing together. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ Review: More Than a Diva Showcase," 3 Jan. 2019 Estimated Debut: Early 2019 Spoon & Stable chef and owner Gavin Kaysen is scheming his fourth Minneapolis restaurant. Kat Odell, Vogue, "2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings," 3 Jan. 2019 To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that Unlike his older counterpart, Young Hiram doesn't look to be up to any scheming in this photograph. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Here's Your First Look at Michael Consuelos as Young Hiram Lodge in the Upcoming "Riverdale" Throwback Episode," 21 Oct. 2018 Charlie and Harper are trying to set up their bosses, which inevitably means there will be a confrontation about their scheming in the end. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Should you watch 'Set It Up,' the rom-com that Netflix really wants you to see?," 26 June 2018 The first settlement related to DFS allegations that the bank had schemed to hide $250 billion for Iranian clients. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Standard Chartered’s New York Branch Compliance Monitoring to End," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of scheme

Noun

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1749, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for scheme

Noun

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

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scheme

noun

English Language Learners Definition of scheme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever and often dishonest plan to do or get something
chiefly British : an official plan or program of action
: the way that something is arranged or organized

scheme

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scheme (Entry 2 of 2)

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

scheme

noun
\ ˈskēm How to pronounce scheme (audio) \

Kids Definition of scheme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

scheme

verb
schemed; scheming

Kids Definition of scheme (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form a secret plan

Other Words from scheme

schemer noun

scheme

noun
\ ˈskēm How to pronounce scheme (audio) \

Medical Definition of scheme

: schema

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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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