Meaning of SCHEME in English

— schemeless , adj. — schemer , n.

/skeem/ , n. , v. , schemed, scheming .


1. a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; project.

2. an underhand plot; intrigue.

3. a visionary or impractical project.

4. a body or system of related doctrines, theories, etc.: a scheme of philosophy.

5. any system of correlated things, parts, etc., or the manner of its arrangement.

6. a plan, program, or policy officially adopted and followed, as by a government or business: The company's pension scheme is very successful.

7. an analytical or tabular statement.

8. a diagram, map, or the like.

9. an astrological diagram of the heavens.


10. to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.


11. to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.

[ 1545-55; schema (s. schemat- ) schêma form, figure ]

Syn. 1, 6. See plan. 2. stratagem, cabal, conspiracy. 5. pattern, schema. 10. See plot 1 .

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