scheme - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    British a plan that is developed by a government or large organization in order to provide a particular service for people

    a training scheme

    The proposed scheme should solve the parking problem.

    Have you joined the company pension scheme?

    1. a.
      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 goods