- scheme1 [ skim ] noun count **1. ) a plan for achieving something, especially something illegal or dishonest:It sounds like just another crazy money-making scheme.a scheme to do something: a scheme to import illegal foreign goodsa ) BRITISH a plan developed by a government or large organization in order to provide a particular service for people:a training scheme2. ) a system for organizing or arranging information:Libraries organize books according to a subject classification scheme.in the/someone's scheme of thingsused for saying how a particular person, organization, event, etc. relates to the more general situation:Sam began to realize he had no place in Maria's scheme of things.in the grand/greater/global/overall scheme of things: It's a major business within Canada, but not very important in the global scheme of things.schemescheme 2 [ skim ] verb intransitiveto make secret plans to achieve something, especially in a dishonest way: PLOT:scheme to do something: The king's enemies were scheming to take power from him.scheme against: She's persuaded that they're scheming against her.╾ schem|er noun count╾ schem|ing adjective:a scheming politician
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.