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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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 For a variety of complex diplomatic reasons, the two pillars will need to proceed at the same time to secure agreement from all 130-plus countries participating in this scheme. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 3 June 2021 The lake’s carbon dioxide is another matter entirely—it’s essentially unaffected by this gas extraction scheme. Robin Andrews, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Walt is somehow involved in this scheme, even as Blackstar punches Walt out of the fantasy. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 10 May 2021 If Howard remains healthy and dominant, and Jones takes another step forward in this scheme the secondary should again be the strength of this defense. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 4 May 2021 There is only way out of this treacherous scheme, and that is the emphatic rejection that the congressional Democrats of 1937 envisioned. The Editors, National Review, 16 Apr. 2021 News of this insidious scheme has raised questions about the fundamental resilience of American democracy—and the thing with the Kremlin is pretty bad too. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 20 Mar. 2021 Both reporters who were approached under this loony scheme held their ground. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 Over seven years, Boutto enacted this same scheme almost 3,000 times, stealing a total of $315,740, according to court records. Andy Mannix, Star Tribune, 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb McVay won’t have to scheme as many advantageous plays, though Stafford figures to thrive in those designs. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 May 2021 Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, building off his Seattle Legion of Boom days and run as Falcons head coach, will scheme creatively to maximize Parsons’ upside. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 Each of the top three brings something different to the Colts, which will allow Reich and his new offensive coordinator Marcus Brady to scheme up mismatches week to week. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 11 May 2021 His teammates get to see what the opposing pitcher has that day and can scheme accordingly. Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 In March 2019, 50 people, including actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged in the biggest college admissions scheme the Department of Justice has ever prosecuted. Annabel Gutterman, Time, 17 Mar. 2021 From Spain, El Planeta is about a mother and daughter on the verge of eviction who scheme their way into better lives. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, 15 Jan. 2021 Quarterback Andy Dalton wasn’t sharp, but Kellen Moore and company were able to scheme up enough production to keep the offense afloat. John Owning, Dallas News, 21 Dec. 2020 The Lions need to completely overhaul their linebacking corps this offseason, and a player like Moses should fit no matter what scheme their new coach decides to run. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 11 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of scheme was circa 1595

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“Scheme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scheme. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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