[ skeem ]
/ skim /


verb (used with object), schemed, schem·ing.

to devise as a scheme; plan; plot; contrive.

verb (used without object), schemed, schem·ing.

to lay schemes; devise plans; plot.

Origin of scheme

1545–55; < Medieval Latin schēma (stem schēmat-) < Greek schêma form, figure

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 6. See plan. 10. See plot. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scheme


/ (skiːm) /



(tr) to devise a system for
to form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner

Derived Forms

schemer, noun

Word Origin for scheme

C16: from Latin schema, from Greek skhēma form
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Idioms and Phrases with scheme


see best-laid plans (schemes).

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