Meaning of SCHEME in English


/ skiːm; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun scheme (for doing sth) | scheme (to do sth)


( BrE ) a plan or system for doing or organizing sth :

a training scheme

a local scheme for recycling newspapers

to introduce / operate a scheme to improve links between schools and industry

Under the new scheme only successful schools will be given extra funding.

—see also colour scheme , pension scheme


a plan for getting money or some other advantage for yourself, especially one that involves cheating other people :

an elaborate scheme to avoid taxes


- the / sb's scheme of things

■ verb


( disapproving ) to make secret plans to do sth that will help yourself and possibly harm others

SYN plot :

[ v ]

She seemed to feel that we were all scheming against her.

[ v to inf ]

His colleagues, meanwhile, were busily scheming to get rid of him.

[ vn ]

Her enemies were scheming her downfall.


( SAfrE , informal ) to think or form an opinion about sth :

[ vn ]

What do you scheme?

'Do you think he'll come?' 'I scheme so.'



mid 16th cent. (denoting a figure of speech): from Latin schema , from Greek skhēma form, figure. An early sense was diagram of the position of celestial objects , giving rise to diagram, outline , which led to the current senses. The unfavourable notion “plot” arose in the mid 18th cent.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.