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scheme

noun [C]
 
 
/skiːm/
UK GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT, FINANCE an officially organized plan or system: a scheme to do sth The firm is lead developer on a scheme to construct 800 homes.devise/come up with a scheme They have devised a scheme that allows entrepreneurs to benefit from each other's success. introduce/launch/set up a schemerun/operate a scheme Tesco runs a scheme to help managers spot talent. a job-creation/training scheme a government/management scheme an incentive/mentoring scheme investment/savings schemes
disapproving a plan for getting an advantage for yourself, especially by deceiving others: a scheme to do sth He was planning a scheme to rob people of their savings. participate in/be involved in a scheme
→  See also advance fee scheme , buddy scheme , contributory pension scheme , enterprise investment scheme , occupational pension scheme , pension scheme , Ponzi scheme , pyramid scheme , reward scheme , small self-administered scheme , suggestion scheme
(Definition of scheme noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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