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schemenoun [C]

uk   /skiːm/ us   /skiːm/
an organized plan for doing something, especially something dishonest or illegal that will bring a good result for you: He has a hare-brained/crazy scheme for getting rich before he's 20.
B2 mainly UK an officially organized plan or system: Under the current marking/mark scheme, you need 90 percent to get an A. 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.

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schemeverb [I or T]

uk   /skiːm/ us   /skiːm/ disapproving
to make clever, secret plans that often deceive others: All her assistants were scheming against her. [+ to infinitive] For months he had been scheming to prevent her from getting the top job.
schemer
noun [C] uk   /ˈskiː.mər/ us   /ˈskiː.mɚ/ disapproving
He's a schemer who always finds a way of getting what he wants.
scheming
adjective uk   /ˈskiː.mɪŋ/ us   /ˈskiː.mɪŋ/ disapproving
a secretive and scheming politician
(Definition of scheme from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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schemenoun [C]

us   /skim/
a plan for doing or organizing something: The committee came up with a creative fundraising scheme. The yellow and white color scheme brightened up the kitchen.
A scheme is also a secret and dishonest plan: [+ to infinitive] They devised a scheme to defraud the government of millions of dollars.

schemeverb [I]

us   /skim/
to make a plan, esp. a secret and dishonest one: [+ to infinitive] He was scheming to get the top job from the moment he joined the company.
schemer
noun [C] /ˈski·mər/
(Definition of scheme from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scheme" in Business English

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schemenoun [C]

uk   /skiːm/ us  
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

schemeverb [I]

uk   /skiːm/ us  
disapproving to make clever secret plans which are intended to deceive people: scheme against sb His staff were scheming against him.
(Definition of scheme from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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“scheme” in British English

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