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scheme

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noun \ˈskēm\

Definition of scheme

  1. 1a archaic (1) :  a mathematical or astronomical diagram (2) :  a representation of the astrological aspects of the planets at a particular timeb :  a graphic sketch or outline

  2. 2 :  a concise statement or table :  epitome

  3. 3 :  a plan or program of action; especially :  a crafty or secret one

  4. 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

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


First Known Use: circa 1595

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to form a scheme for

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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.

1749

First Known Use of scheme

1749



SCHEME Defined for English Language Learners

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scheme

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noun \ˈskēm\

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


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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

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noun \ˈskēm\

Definition of scheme for Students

  1. 1 :  a secret plan :  plot

  2. 2 :  a plan of something to be done :  project

  3. 3 :  an organized design <I like the room's color scheme.>


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scheme

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verb

Definition of scheme for Students

schemed

scheming

  1. :  to form a secret plan

schemer

noun

Medical Dictionary

scheme

play
noun \ˈskēm\

Medical Definition of scheme

  1. :  schema


Law Dictionary

scheme

noun

Legal Definition of scheme

  1. 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. 2 :  a clever and often dishonest plan <a scheme to defraud investors>



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