verb (used with object), schemed, schem·ing.
verb (used without object), schemed, schem·ing.
Origin of scheme
Synonyms for scheme
Related Words for schemeblueprint, theory, pattern, system, arrangement, project, program, design, plan, device, proposal, strategy, scenario, practice, ploy, conspiracy, action, diagram, tactics, outline
Examples from the Web for scheme
Contemporary Examples of scheme
The scheme has been condemned by civil liberties groups and queried by the National Association of Head Teachers.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
Retailers were hammered by the scheme because checks and balances were scant in 2012, when the eBay grifting peaked.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Besides the mendacity of it all, such a scheme misses the obvious truth that “the audience has a mind of its own.”The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
November 20, 2014
This is a new spin on a GOP scheme to create a more favorable Republican playing field for the 2016 presidential election.GOP States’ Hitlist: Abortion, Unions & Hillary
November 18, 2014
Because the fact of the matter is the Today show part is really, in a way, the smallest part in the great 34-hour scheme of it.Al Roker, Sleepless in 30 Rock for #Rokerthon
November 12, 2014
Historical Examples of scheme
The laughter and talk were as little subdued as the scheme of the rooms.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They catalogued Dick's virtues, and then Viviette unfolded her scheme.Viviette
William J. Locke
On the level, now, do you think you could get away with that young Gilder scheme you've been planning?
He went to Garson yesterday with a scheme to rob your house.
It after wards appears that the scheme of Rumi-naui was one of treachery.Apu Ollantay
Word Origin for scheme
1550s, "figure of speech," from Medieval Latin schema "shape, figure, form, appearance; figure of speech; posture in dancing," from Greek skhema (genitive skhematos) "figure, appearance, the nature of a thing," related to skhein "to get," and ekhein "to have," from PIE root *segh- "to hold, to hold in one's power, to have" (cf. Sanskrit sahate "he masters, overcomes," sahah "power, victory;" Avestan hazah "power, victory;" Greek ekhein "to have, hold;" Gothic sigis, Old High German sigu, Old Norse sigr, Old English sige "victory").
The sense "program of action" first is attested 1640s. Unfavorable overtones (selfish, devious) began to creep in early 18c. Meaning "complex unity of coordinated component elements" is from 1736. Color scheme is attested from 1884.
"devise a scheme," 1767 (earlier "reduce to a scheme," 1716), from scheme (n.). Related: Schemed; scheming.
see best-laid plans (schemes).