Synonyms of scheme
1 planDictionary • a private pension scheme
plan • She met her creditors to propose a plan for making repayments.
programme • the programme for reform outlined by the Soviet President
strategy • the basic principles of my strategy
design • They drew up the design in a week.
project • a local development project
theory • He produced a theory about historical change.
proposal • the government's proposals to abolish free health care
device • His actions are obviously a device to buy time.
course of action
contrivance • It is nothing more than a contrivance to raise prices.
2 plotDictionary • a quick money-making scheme
plot • a plot to overthrow the government
dodge • It was probably just a dodge to stop you going away.
ploy • a cynical marketing ploy
ruse • This was a ruse to divide them.
game (informal) • All right, what's your little game?
intrigue • the plots and intrigues in the novel
conspiracy • Many people believe there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy in 1963.
manoeuvre • manoeuvres to block the electoral process
subterfuge • Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.
stratagem • a competitive stratagem to secure customer loyalty
diagram • a diagram showing the workings of the engine
system • a multi-party system of government
pattern • a sewing pattern
arrangement • an imaginative flower arrangement
chart • The chart below shows the results of our survey.
draft • I rewrote his first draft.
outline • an outline of a plan to reduce the country's national debt
blueprint • the blueprint of a new plan of economic reform
layout • He tried to recall the layout of the farmhouse.
1 plotDictionary • Everyone's always scheming and plotting.
plot • They are awaiting trial for plotting against the state.
plan • I had been planning a trip to the West Coast.
intrigue • The main characters spend their time intriguing for control.
manoeuvre • He manoeuvred his way to the top.
conspire • I had a persecution complex and thought people were conspiring against me.
contrive • Somehow he contrived to pass her a note without her chaperone seeing it.
collude • Several local officials are in jail on charges of colluding with the Mafia.
wheel and deal
plan • The company is planning a theme park on the site.
design • We may be able to design a course to suit your particular needs.
project • His projected visit to Washington had to be postponed.
imagine • He could not imagine a more peaceful scene.
frame • A convention was set up to frame a constitution.
devise • We devised a scheme to help him.
contrive • The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
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• an imaginative flower arrangement
blueprintA blueprint for something is a plan or set of proposals that shows how it is expected to work.
• the blueprint of a new plan of economic reform
chartA chart is a diagram, picture, or graph which is intended to make information easier to understand.
• The chart below shows the results of our survey.
Thesaurus for scheme from the Collins English Thesaurus