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Meaning of “scheme” in the English Dictionary

"scheme" in British English

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schemenoun [C]

uk   us   /skiːm/
an ​organizedplan 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 ​officiallyorganizedplan 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 ​ourtown forrecyclingplasticbottles. Class ​sizes will ​increase under the new scheme.

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schemeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /skiːm/ disapproving
to make ​clever, ​secretplans that often ​deceiveothers: All her ​assistants were scheming against her. [+ to infinitive] For ​months he had been scheming toprevent her from getting the ​topjob.
schemer
noun [C] uk   /ˈskiː.mər/  us   /-mɚ/ disapproving
He's a schemer who always ​finds a way of getting what he ​wants.
scheming
adjective uk   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 ​creativefundraising scheme. The ​yellow and ​whitecolor scheme ​brightened up the ​kitchen. A scheme is also a ​secret and ​dishonestplan: [+ 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 ​topjob 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   us   /skiːm/
UK GOVERNMENT, MANAGEMENT, FINANCE an ​officiallyorganizedplan or ​system: a scheme to do sth The ​firm is ​leaddeveloper on a scheme to ​construct 800 homes.devise/come up with a scheme They have ​devised a scheme that ​allowsentrepreneurs to ​benefit from each other's ​success. introduce/​launch/set up a schemerun/operate a scheme Tesco ​runs a scheme to ​helpmanagersspottalent. a job-creation/​training scheme agovernment/​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 ​robpeople of their ​savings. participate in/be involved in a scheme

schemeverb [I]

uk   us   /skiːm/
disapproving to make clever ​secretplans which are intended to ​deceivepeople: 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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