AskDefine | Define scheme

Dictionary Definition



1 an elaborate and systematic plan of action [syn: strategy]
2 a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery [syn: dodge, dodging]
3 a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole; "a vast system of production and distribution and consumption keep the country going" [syn: system]
4 an internal representation of the world; an organization of concepts and actions that can be revised by new information about the world [syn: schema]
5 a schematic or preliminary plan [syn: outline, schema]


1 form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner [syn: intrigue, connive]
2 devise a system or form a scheme for

User Contributed Dictionary

see Scheme




From schema.



  1. To plot, or contrive a plan for something

Derived terms

  • schema
  • To make secret or devious plans

Extensive Definition

Scheme may refer to:

Systematic plans

Devious plans

  • Scam, an attempt to swindle
  • Get-rich-quick scheme, a usually flawed or fraudulent scheme for earning money with low risk
  • Pyramid scheme, a non-sustainable business model involving the exchange of money primarily for enrolling other people

See also

scheme in Danish: Skema
scheme in German: Schema
scheme in Modern Greek (1453-): Σχήμα
scheme in Korean: 스킴
scheme in Japanese: スキーム

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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