Meaning of SCHEME in English

SCHEME

■ noun

1》 a systematic plan or arrangement for attaining some particular object or putting a particular idea into effect.

↘a particular ordered system or arrangement: a classical rhyme ~.

2》 a secret or underhand plan; a plot.

■ verb

1》 form a ~, especially a devious one or with intent to do something wrong.

2》 arrange according to a colour ~.

Derivatives

~r noun

scheming adjective &noun

schemingly adverb

Origin

C16 (denoting a figure of speech, later 'diagram of the position of celestial objects'): from L. schema , from Gk (see schema ).

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