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English definition of “scheme”

scheme

noun [C]     /skiːm/
B2 mainly UK an officially organized plan or system: a training/housing/play scheme a pension/savings scheme There's a new scheme in our town for recycling plastic bottles. Class sizes will increase under the new scheme.Planning, expecting and arrangingPlotting and trapping a plan for getting an advantage for yourself, especially by deceiving others: He's got a hare-brained/crazy/daft scheme for getting rich before he's 20.Plotting and trappingPlanning, expecting and arrangingCheating and tricking
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