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

Now, new coach Brian Flores and his players can focus on playing football games that actually matter in the grand scheme. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Josh Rosen on losing starting QB battle: ‘It’s only [a matter of] time this team is mine’," 30 Aug. 2019 Defensively, players have acknowledged that there’s been a different energy around fall camp, and simplifying the scheme has helped with that. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football will go 11-1 and re-establish itself as one of the nation’s top teams under Ryan Day," 30 Aug. 2019 Because, as Lewerke said, the schemes don’t matter if the offensive line can’t block and the running backs can’t hit the right holes and the receivers can’t get open. Execution matters. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Brian Lewerke's NFL dreams stunted his growth in 2018. Here's how he's changed," 30 Aug. 2019 The scheme prompted the pound to plummet, sparked a petition with over a million signatures, and is prompting a nation to think back to civics class. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The dramatic history of prorogation in British parliament," 29 Aug. 2019 The scheme to get Clinton elected had two parts, McCarthy argues. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: ‘Ball of Collusion’ thoughtfully connects the dots on Clinton and Obama," 29 Aug. 2019 Kevin Creed, 67, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to wire fraud for the scheme in federal court in New Haven, the U.S. attorney's office announced Wednesday afternoon. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Litchfield attorney pleads guilty to stealing $1.4 million from his own veterans, military families charity," 29 Aug. 2019 These and other demands raised the scheme’s projected cost by 83%. The Economist, "Why Colombia’s Pacific coast is so poor," 29 Aug. 2019 The Treasury Department's statement accused several Iranian nationals of playing critical roles in the schemes. Fox News, "US labels Lebanon bank with Hezbollah ties a 'global terrorist,' sanctions Iranian networks linked to regime," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Its four heroines are lifelong friends, usually broke, but scraping by on luck, scheming and a little bit of honest work. Los Angeles Times, "‘Florida Man’ is so over. On TV, Florida women are having their day," 23 Aug. 2019 Twenty years ago Microsoft was considered an evil empire, scheming for domination and embroiled in a bruising antitrust battle with America’s Justice Department. The Economist, "What Microsoft’s revival can teach other tech companies," 25 July 2019 An Ohio pharmaceutical distributor has been accused in a criminal indictment of scheming to flood parts of rural Appalachia with millions of painkillers, contributing to the opioid epidemic. Fox News, "Ohio pharmaceutical distributor accused of flooding Appalachia with opioids," 21 July 2019 Effectively, the officials are accused of scheming to steal $15.5 million intended for some of Puerto Rico’s most vulnerable citizens. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s week of massive protests, explained," 20 July 2019 In a separate case, original Indivior parent Reckett Benckiser paid $1.4 billion to settle allegations of scheming to boost Suboxone sales on Thursday; Indivior has faced similar allegations. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Johnson & Johnson to Test a Pioneering HIV Vaccine: Brainstorm Health," 12 July 2019 Cast members secretly scheming to avoid elimination off the island. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Otherworldliness of the Democratic Presidential Debates," 1 Aug. 2019 Liu, 55, schemed to import aluminum in the shape of pallets, which would avoid 2011 customs duties up to 400% that were not imposed on finished merchandise, prosecutors said. Washington Post, "Chinese billionaire indicted in US aluminum import scheme," 31 July 2019 Managing practices and scheming are only part of coaching, though. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Cardinals begin grand experiment: Can they win with rookie head coach, quarterback?," 27 July 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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