scheme

noun
\ ˈskēm \

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

BuzzFeed has reported that eight apps, including seven of Cheetah’s and one of Kika’s, were affected by the alleged fraud scheme. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "Google Suspends Two Mobile Apps After Reports of Ad Fraud," 4 Dec. 2018 The earthy decor scheme plays off the house’s beautiful stone and wood details. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 The group allegedly ran two separate but related fraud schemes. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Eight people charged with running a multimillion-dollar online ad scam," 27 Nov. 2018 His company was seized by Russian authorities and used then in a massive tax fraud scheme. Fox News, "Browder 'appalled' by White House reaction to Putin request," 19 July 2018 The stated reason was that Borgono became a U.S. citizen after the fraud scheme started. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses," 9 July 2018 Others, like the Decatur defendant, are accused of health care fraud schemes that all together total $2 billion. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "DeKalb counselor charged with Medicaid fraud in massive national case," 29 June 2018 The men were arrested as part of a wide-ranging federal sting that also charged 601 people across 58 federal districts in health-care fraud schemes. Aubrey Whelan, Philly.com, "Three Philly-area defendants charged in federal opioid crackdown," 28 June 2018 Over the last several months, and throughout the campaign, the GTTF horror show unfolded with the sordid details of cop corruption, and some of the cops involved in the robbery and fraud schemes were sentenced just this month. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Amid epic police corruption, Mosby eludes blame for surge in violence," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Ibiza has a way of pulling in its visitors, and Santa Gertrudis in particular inspires scheming: a life off the grid, in this bohemian sanctuary, seems not just tangible but essential when one tastes it. Tarajia Morrell, Vogue, "Il Buco Opens Its First International Outpost on the Bohemian Side of Ibiza," 19 July 2018 Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will scheme many ways to cover Gronk, who the Patriots line up all over and employ in a variety of ways. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Film Breakdown: Five Super Bowl matchups to watch," 2 Feb. 2018 British actress Hayley Mills played twins separated at birth who scheme to get their parents back together, and the remake follows a similar path, this time with the twins played by Lohan. Kristen Lopez, Vox, "The Parent Trap, Meredith Blake, and the ongoing reclamation of “bitch”," 28 July 2018 And later, Google again caught red-handed scheming to oppose the president by fiddling with search results. Fox News, "Media's Kavanaugh spectacle," 24 Sep. 2018 After a season of spying and scheming and fighting over dudes with boats, Siesta Key’s first season has finally come to a close. Mark Shrayber, Cosmopolitan, "Spencer Pratt Breaks Down the Dramatic Siesta Key Finale," 6 Mar. 2018 Along with the school’s board chairman, they were charged with scheming to defraud. Rebecca Davis O’brien, WSJ, "Prosecutors Expand Newsweek Case to Include California Bible College," 15 Nov. 2018 But Shelton was clearly not happy with the other coaches scheming against him, so perhaps a steal is in his future. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Veteran Mikele Buck Stunned Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'," 29 Sep. 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

: 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 \

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 \

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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