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

      

    scheme

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skiːm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scheme
    BrE BrE//skiːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skiːm//
     
    he / she / it schemes
    BrE BrE//skiːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skiːmz//
     
    past simple schemed
    BrE BrE//skiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skiːmd//
     
    past participle schemed
    BrE BrE//skiːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skiːmd//
     
    -ing form scheming
    BrE BrE//ˈskiːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskiːmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] (disapproving) to make secret plans to do something that will help yourself and possibly harm others synonym plot scheme (against somebody) She seemed to feel that we were all scheming against her. scheme to do something His colleagues, meanwhile, were busily scheming to get rid of him. scheme something Her enemies were scheming her downfall.
  2. 2[transitive] scheme something (South African English, informal) to think or form an opinion about something What do you scheme? ‘Do you think he'll come?’ ‘I scheme so.’
  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.
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