WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
scheme /skim/USA pronunciation   n., v., schemed, schem•ing. 

n. [countable]
  1. a plan of action;
    project or system:a scheme to speed up production.
  2. a dishonest, usually secret plot; an intrigue.
  3. a diagram, map, or the like.

  1. to create (something) as a scheme;
    plot: [+ object]schemed a way to avoid the work.[no object]went around scheming so much no one trusted him.
schem•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
scheme  (skēm), 
n., v., schemed, schem•ing. 

  1. a plan, design, or program of action to be followed;
  2. an underhand plot;
  3. a visionary or impractical project.
  4. a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.:a scheme of philosophy.
  5. any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.
  6. a plan, program, or policy officially adopted and followed, as by a government or business:The company's pension scheme is very successful.
  7. an analytical or tabular statement.
  8. a diagram, map, or the like.
  9. an astrological diagram of the heavens.

  1. to devise as a scheme;

  1. to lay schemes;
    devise plans;
  • Greek schêma form, figure
  • Medieval Latin schēma (stem schēmat-)
  • 1545–55
schemeless, adj. 
schemer, n. 
1, 6 . See plan.  2 . stratagem, cabal, conspiracy. 5 . pattern, schema. 10 . See plot 1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scheme /skiːm/ n
  1. a systematic plan for a course of action
  2. a systematic arrangement of correlated parts; system
  3. a secret plot
  4. a visionary or unrealizable project
  5. a chart, diagram, or outline
  6. an astrological diagram giving the aspects of celestial bodies at a particular time
  7. chiefly Brit a plan formally adopted by a commercial enterprise or governmental body, as for pensions, etc
  8. chiefly Scot an area of housing that is laid out esp by a local authority; estate
  1. (transitive) to devise a system for
  2. to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form

ˈschemer n

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