Meaning of SCHEME in English

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( schemes, scheming, schemed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A scheme is a plan or arrangement involving many people which is made by a government or other organization. ( mainly BRIT; in AM, use program )

...schemes to help combat unemployment.

...a private pension scheme...

N-COUNT : oft N to-inf , n N


A scheme is someone’s plan for achieving something.

...a quick money-making scheme to get us through the summer...

N-COUNT : oft N to-inf , N for -ing


If you say that people are scheming , you mean that they are making secret plans in order to gain something for themselves.

Everyone’s always scheming and plotting...

The bride’s family were scheming to prevent a wedding...

They claimed that their opponents were scheming against them...

You’re a scheming little devil, aren’t you?

VERB : oft cont , V , V to-inf , V against n , V-ing [ disapproval ]

• schem‧ing

...their favourite pastimes of scheming and gossiping.



see also colour scheme , pension scheme


When people talk about the scheme of things or the grand scheme of things , they are referring to the way that everything in the world seems to be organized.

We realize that we are infinitely small within the scheme of things.


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