Definition of scheme noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skiːm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skiːm//
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  1. 1  (British English) a plan or system for doing or organizing something a training scheme scheme (for doing something) a local scheme for recycling newspapers scheme (to do something) to introduce/operate a scheme to improve links between schools and industry Under the new scheme only successful schools will be given extra funding. see also colour scheme, pension scheme See related entries: Running a business
  2. 2  a plan for getting money or some other advantage for yourself, especially one that involves cheating other people an elaborate scheme to avoid taxes
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (denoting a figure of speech): from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma ‘form, figure’. An early sense was ‘diagram of the position of celestial objects’, giving rise to ‘diagram, outline’, which led to the current senses. The unfavourable sense “plot” arose in the mid 18th cent.Extra examples He has an ingenious scheme to attract funding. I opted to leave the company pension scheme. In the grand scheme of things, one missing page doesn’t matter. Is this another one of your crazy schemes for making money? Schools in the scheme will receive an annual grant. She’s come up with a hare-brained scheme for getting her novel published. The government set up a scheme of limited public health assistance in 1992. The poem’s rhyme scheme, which Dante invented, is known as ‘terza rima’. The project is based on a successful pilot scheme in Glasgow. The scheme allows customers to trade in their own computer against the cost of a new one. The scheme applies to families with three or more children. The scheme has been given approval to go ahead. This is not one of those get-rich-quick schemes that you see on the Internet. Under the scheme, land would be sold to building companies. a government-backed scheme a scheme involving local libraries a scheme whereby the elderly will be provided with help in the home a training scheme for unemployed teenagers He worked out an elaborate scheme to avoid taxes. Is this just another of your crazy schemes? Over 10 000 people joined the training scheme. Police uncovered a scheme to steal paintings worth more than $250 000. The project will be based on a pilot scheme carried out last year. They concocted an elaborate fund-raising scheme. Under the new scheme only successful schools will receive extra funding. We have a local scheme for recycling household waste.Idioms
    the/somebody’s scheme of things
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    the way things seem to be organized; the way somebody 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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