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scheme

scheme

 
 
pronunciation:
skim
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a devious plan; plot.
His marrying her was just part of a scheme to get at her inheritance.
 
synonyms:
cabal, contrivance, design, intrigue, machination, plot
similar words:
collusion, deal, device
definition 2: a plan or program for gaining a specific goal.
They thought of a brilliant scheme to make money over the summer.The government's scheme to create more jobs is being criticized.
synonyms:
game plan, means, plan, projection, strategy
similar words:
design, tack, tactic
definition 3: any organization of parts viewed as a whole.
The architect is considering the overall scheme of the proposed building.
synonyms:
arrangement, pattern, plan, system
similar words:
design, lay, layout
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: schemed, schemes, scheming
definition: to plan or contrive.
Once in prison, he schemed his revenge.She schemed a way to get what she desired.
synonyms:
contrive, design, devise, machinate
similar words:
brew, concoct, conspire, formulate, intrigue, plan, plot, project
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to form a devious plan; plot.
The nobles schemed in order to get control over the young king.
synonyms:
connive, intrigue, machinate, plot
similar words:
conspire, contrive, devise, finagle, plan
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derivation: schemer (n.)