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American English: /skim/
British English: /skiːm/

Translation of scheme in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (design) See examples: the scheme of the novel/symphony
    el esquema de la novela/de la sinfonía
    man's place in the scheme of things
    el lugar del hombre en el (orden del) universo
    1.2 (plan)
    a clever scheme to defraud his employers
    un hábil plan para estafar a sus patrones
    Example sentences
    • While there may be sound business reasons to focus on clever marketing schemes and building new stadiums, such a focus has come at the expense of the quality of play.
    • He always had various practical schemes and engineering ideas he thought could help other countries.
    • Franchise masters and headquarters staff are on hand to help new franchisees establish their business, and provide planning advice and marketing schemes.
    Example sentences
    • I have no ulterior motives, no plots or secret schemes.
    • They still thought I had secret plans, evil schemes, and I was at a loss as to how to convince them otherwise.
    • With the Filumena caught up in a bootlegging scheme, the plot goes wrong and a constable is murdered, leaving her to hang.
    1.3 (project)
    (British English)
    a savings/pension scheme
    un plan de ahorro/de pensiones
    1.4 (Scotland) (housing estate) [colloquial]
    (complejo de viviendas subvencionadas)

intransitive verb

  • (plot)
    she's always scheming
    siempre está intrigando
    siempre está tramando algo
    they were scheming against the chairman
    estaban conspirando contra el presidente
    estaban confabulados contra el presidente
    she was scheming to get his job
    estaba intrigando or armando intrigas para quedarse con su puesto
    Example sentences
    • Instead of actors following scripts in a studio, audiences can see people very like themselves plotting and scheming for advantage in any setting imaginable.
    • Over the years it has been accused of everything from gross ineptitude and massive corruption to scheming for world domination.
    • There is much evidence that these officers spent much of their time scheming for their own political advantage and in hopes of being assigned their own regiments.

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    Pronunciation: fɔːˈtɪsɪməʊ
    (especially as a direction) very loud or loudly
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