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

In addition to the exam-rigging scheme, prosecutors say parents paid Singer tens of thousands of dollars to bribe coaches into pretending that their kids were athletic recruits to boost their chances of getting accepted. Alanna Durkin Richer, The Seattle Times, "Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scam," 13 Apr. 2019 The color scheme is a mix of girly and grunge that perfectly matches my style (think Courtney Love meets Sailor Moon chic). Glamour, "Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry Palette Is the Best of All the Nakeds," 3 Apr. 2019 The color scheme is grays and whites—so the new crib will fit right in. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Crib From Her Baby Shower Is Still Available to Shop," 20 Feb. 2019 The oak countertop on the VADHOLMA island adds warmth, while the black and white color scheme keeps things modern. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Whenever you’re tempted to snap up a throw pillow from a cute boutique on vacation, pause and fire up those images. Does the souvenir match the overall color scheme? Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Buy a Souvenir You Won't Regret," 19 Sep. 2018 Stick to the same color scheme for on-point layering. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "33 Back To School Outfits That Will Actually Make You Want to Go Back to School," 27 July 2018 Other states like Colorado are pondering similar schemes,... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Importing Bad Ideas on Drug Prices," 15 Apr. 2019 Reality shows traffic in over-the-top drama, setting their contestants up to scheme, backstab, and trample their way to the top. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Great British Baking Show Alums Reunite for Martha Collison's Wedding," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When not playing dead on the battlefield or scheming for glory by killing an already dead man, Hanks’ Falstaff offers piercing ironic commentary on such concepts as honor and valor. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 Edward II’s life has everything: a cadre of scheming barons, a vengeful queen, Edward’s own dramatic deposition. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beyond The Favourite: The Royal Family's Very Queer History," 22 Feb. 2019 Their lateral explosiveness is lethal on schemed pass-rush concepts like stunts and twists. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Best in the AFC West: 10 Thoughts on the 2018 Chargers," 18 June 2018 After spending the Stanley Cup Final scheming to slow down defenseman John Carlson , the Vegas Golden Knights will be among teams trying to persuade him to join them. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL free agents 2018: Capitals' John Carlson leads ranking of top 15 potential UFAs," 11 June 2018 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

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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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