Definition of scheme noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    scheme

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  1. 1a plan for getting money or some other advantage for yourself, especially one that involves cheating other people an elaborate scheme to avoid taxes
  2. 2 a system for organizing or arranging things a classification scheme for libraries see also color scheme
  3. Idioms
    the/somebody's scheme of things
     
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    the way things seem to be organized; the way someone wants everything to be organized My personal problems are not really important in the overall scheme of things. I don't think marriage figures in his scheme of things.
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