American English

Definition of scheme noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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. 2a 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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