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
    vb
    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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