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
( 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. 2005