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

Huffman was one of 33 parents charged in March in a sweeping investigation into Singer’s scheme. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Felicity Huffman gets 14 days in prison in college admissions scandal," 13 Sep. 2019 Such reporting helps everyone by highlighting scammers and their schemes. Marshall Allen, ProPublica, "How to Make Health Insurers Take Fraud Seriously," 10 Sep. 2019 Shifting to Scangarello’s zone-blocking run scheme. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "How Broncos’ Phillip Lindsay can grow after breakout rookie season: “My mindset is grind”," 9 Sep. 2019 Just look at the pharmaceutical industry and the opioid crisis or Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme or Enron’s accounting fraud. Debra Borchardt, chicagotribune.com, "Top 5 cannabis industry scandals," 6 Sep. 2019 Marked with a prominently black-and-white color scheme, the home boasts pops of muted grays, pinks and blues, and touches of organic and natural elements. Molly Guthrey, Twin Cities, "‘HGTV Urban Oasis 2019’ is a Minneapolis house — and they’re giving it away," 4 Sep. 2019 On this week’s episode, Beth Ann (Ginnifer Goodwin) comes up with a scheme to keep Rob (Sam Jaeger) away from April (Sadie Calvano) but ends up growing closer to her husband’s mistress in the process, according to the show’s logline. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "DWTS' Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy Reunite for Red-Hot Tango on Why Women Kill," 30 Aug. 2019 But then the Bucs hired a new coaching staff with a new defensive scheme. Rick Stroud, orlandosentinel.com, "DB Evans trying to adjust to new approach," 28 Aug. 2019 Even by those standards, his latest scheme is remarkably gauche. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Latest Get-Rich-Quick Scheme," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Created by Jesse Armstrong, Succession centers on domineering patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), founder of the Waystar Royco media conglomerate, and his scheming children. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "An Inside Look at ‘Succession’s’ Corporate Melodrama With Adam McKay and Kieran Culkin," 8 Sep. 2019 Just like in real world politics, scheming between organizations becomes rampant and at times impossible to avoid. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Mapmaker: The Gerrymandering game that puts the fun in undermining democracy," 19 Aug. 2019 There is no scheming antihero, no overwhelming societal obstacle. Travis Deshong, Twin Cities, "Watch: See Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers in trailer for ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’," 23 July 2019 Due to all the pool flirting, drink spilling, and scheming, Danny missed seven calls from someone. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "A Guide To Grand Hotel's Many Wild, Sexy, Muder-y Mysteries," 18 June 2019 Seg’s scheming fiance Nyssa-Vex (Wallis Day) is downscaled as well — her political maneuvering was a highlight of season 1, but her skills seem to have nearly disappeared as her priorities have narrowed to protecting her infant son. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 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

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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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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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