WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
scheme /skim/USA pronunciation n., v., schemed, schem•ing.
n. [countable] a plan of action;
project or system:a scheme to speed up production.
a dishonest, usually secret plot; an intrigue. a diagram, map, or the like.
v.  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]

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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