schemescheme1 /skiːm/ ●●●S2W1AWL noun [countable]1British EnglishSSPLAN an official plan that is intended to help people in some way, for example by providing education or trainingSYN program American EnglishThe money will be used for teacher training schemes.a pension schemescheme forschemes for two new cross-city linesscheme to do somethinga new scheme to boost exportspilot scheme (=something that is done on a small scale in order to see if it is successful enough to be done on a larger scale)The pilot scheme proved to be a great success.► see thesaurus at plan2SCCPLANa clever plan, especially to do something that is bad or illegal – used to show disapprovala get-rich-quick schemescheme to do somethinga scheme to pass false cheques3SYSTEMa system that you use to organize information, ideas etc → schematica classification scheme4 →in the scheme of things →colour schemeCOLLOCATIONSADJECTIVES/NOUN + scheme a major schemeThe government is introducing a major house-building scheme in the area.a new schemeThe new scheme aims to reduce street crime by 30%.an innovative scheme (=using new ideas)an innovative scheme to help the unemployed get back to worka grand scheme (=trying to achieve a lot)In the end, the government’s grand scheme came to nothing.a pilot scheme (=one that is tried on a small scale first to see if it is a good idea)The programme was introduced into 100 primary schools in a very successful pilot scheme.a training schemeThe company runs an apprentice training scheme.a pension schemeDoes your employer offer a pension scheme?a compensation/bonus etc scheme (=in which people receive compensation, a bonus etc)a new compensation scheme for accident victimsan incentive scheme (=in which people receive money to persuade them to work harder)There is a generous incentive scheme for the sales force.verbsintroduce/launch a schemeThe scheme was launched last autumn by the company’s education officer.run/operate a schemeParent volunteers help run the scheme.be covered by a scheme (=be able to benefit from a scheme)All employees are covered by the new bonus scheme.
schemescheme2AWL verb [intransitive]SCCPLANto secretly make clever and dishonest plans to get or achieve somethingSYN plotscheme to do somethingShe schemed to kill him with poison.scheme againstHe became aware that people were scheming against him and called an emergency meeting.She’s nothing but a lying, scheming little monster! —schemer noun [countable]→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
scheme• But this one, this Donald, he measured you, he was cold and narrow, and he schemed.• As the King got older, he became convinced that his family were scheming against him.• He served him well by telling him the truth and by refusing to scheme against him.• That means his brother Joseph is required to be a scheminghypocrite.• I dropped right opposite her and began scheming right off.• Behind the scenes, a small group was scheming to remove the Chairman from office.• Against all the rules of the competition, Nick was scheming to win.scheme to do something• He schemed to be proclaimedEmperor, but as long as Menelik was known to be alive this was impossible.• He was ambitious for the new job, had cleverly planned and schemed to get it.• I schemed and schemed to get that key, but Irina was too clever for me.• She schemed to kill the child herself.• He will want them to opposeRepublicanschemes to make strike-breaking easier.• The Frasque had been scheming tosponsorcivil war in the system, setting world against world.From King Business Dictionaryschemescheme /skiːm/ noun [countable]1British English an official plan or arrangement that is intended to help people in some waya government training scheme for the unemployed2British EnglishFINANCE an arrangement in which the government or an employer provides financial help to peopleThere is a low-interest loan scheme for employees who have been with the company for over two years. →contributory pension scheme →final salary pension scheme →non-contributory pension scheme →pension scheme →state earnings-related pension scheme3a clever plan, especially to do something bad or illegala $1.9 billion fraud scheme →pyramid scheme4a system used to organize informationa new classification scheme for the libraryOriginscheme1(1500-1600)Latinschema“arrangement, figure”, from Greek, from echein“to have, hold, be in a condition”