scheme

noun
\ ˈskēm How to pronounce scheme (audio) \

Definition of scheme

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scheme

verb
schemed; scheming

Definition of scheme (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to form plans also : plot, intrigue

transitive verb

: to form a scheme for

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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 Similar to a lot of Alabama players, Anfernee’s ability to play multiple roles and be scheme flexible is gonna really help him. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "The 25 potential 2020 NFL draft picks in Alabama-LSU," 7 Nov. 2019 Anything that any team does is going to be NFL scheme. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: How two new wrinkles helped Lamar Jackson, offense run by New England’s top-ranked defense," 6 Nov. 2019 There may not be a more challenging color scheme to work with in the NFL than Cleveland’s orange and brown. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Browns," 3 Nov. 2019 In a flat redistribution scheme, all those possessing wealth below the mean would receive net funds, whereas those above the mean would pay. Bruce M. Boghosian, Scientific American, "Is Inequality Inevitable?," 1 Nov. 2019 There isn’t a scheme Dwane Casey can devise to defend teams after live ball turnovers. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "This is the top problem for the Detroit Pistons through five games," 31 Oct. 2019 Ellison says anyone who was caught up in this scheme should call his office 651-296-3353 or 800-657-3787. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Minnesota AG Ellison says California companies ran fraudulent student loan scheme," 30 Oct. 2019 The Paper Store is a clever scheme for highlighting WeTransfer’s sketching app called Paper. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "A new sketching platform is designed to help adults get over the fear of drawing," 23 Oct. 2019 Nineteen parents, three coaches and an administrator have been implicated in Singer’s scheme and charged by the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Lori Loughlin and other parents face new bribery charge in college admissions scandal," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Italian prosecutors are investigating if a close Salvini associate had illegally schemed to obtain Russian funds for the League. Frances D’emilio, BostonGlobe.com, "Italy edges closer to an election, perhaps in late October," 9 Aug. 2019 Some of that credit has to go to first-year offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who may be able to scheme well enough to get Cowboys fans to leave Jason Garrett alone. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Memes celebrate Cowboys' win, mock Browns' struggles," 9 Sep. 2019 Directed by Louis Leterrier, the new series populates the fantasy world of Thra with animatronic puppets to represent the good-natured Gelflings, the evil scheming Skeksis, the adorable Podlings, and more. Christian Holub, EW.com, "The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," 31 Aug. 2019 Why did so many intelligent investors trust their fortunes to scheming financier Bernie Madoff? Wray Herbert, Washington Post, "Why do we assume people are telling us the truth?," 6 Sep. 2019 Anyone paying a fraction of attention to the drama plaguing Succession's scheming Roy family knows that lone daughter Shiv (Sarah Snook) is by far the most qualified of her father's four heirs. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "In Season 2, Succession Is Sarah Snook's Show," 12 Aug. 2019 While approvals for new licenses have resumed this year, China has set new limitations on certain genres of games, such as mahjong and poker games, and games with plot lines revolving around scheming in imperial palaces. Jane Li, Quartz, "The next stage in China’s fight against gaming addiction could ban “puppy love”," 28 June 2019 In the dark comedy, Dunst plays Krystal Gill, a water park employee and mother of one who schemes her way into a multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme that destroyed her family. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Kirsten Dunst Says She Feels People Think She's Just 'the Girl from Bring It On'," 28 Aug. 2019 The Zac Posen Of His Day While a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the ’70s, Rucci schemed his way into an internship at Halston and launched his own label in 1981. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Ralph Rucci: The Rise, and Fall and Rise Again of an American Couturier," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of scheme

Noun

circa 1595, in the meaning defined at sense 4b(1)

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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12 Nov 2019

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The first known use of scheme was circa 1595

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scheme

noun
How to pronounce scheme (audio)

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) \

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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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