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scout

verb \ ˈskau̇t \

Definition of scout

intransitive verb
1 :to explore an area to obtain information (as about an enemy)
2 a :to make a search
b :to work as a talent scout
transitive verb
1 :to observe in order to obtain information or evaluate
2 :to explore in order to obtain information
3 :to find by making a search

Origin and Etymology of scout

Middle English, from Anglo-French escuter to listen, from Latin auscultare — more at auscultation


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scout

noun

Definition of scout

1 a :one sent to obtain information; especially :a soldier, ship, or plane sent out in war to reconnoiter
2 a :the act of scouting
b :a scouting expedition :reconnaissance
3 often capitalized :a member of any of various scouting movements: such as
4 :individual, person used chiefly in the phrase good scout

First Known Use of scout

1534


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scout

verb

Definition of scout

transitive verb
1 :mock
2 :to reject scornfully
  • scouted his explanation as a shabby falsehood
  • —Mark Twain
intransitive verb

Origin and Etymology of scout

probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skūti taunt; akin to Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot



SCOUT Defined for English Language Learners

scout

noun

Definition of scout for English Language Learners

  • : a soldier, airplane, etc., that is sent to get information about the size, location, equipment, etc., of an enemy

  • : a person whose job is to search for talented performers, athletes, etc.


SCOUT Defined for Kids

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scout

verb \ ˈskau̇t \

Definition of scout for Students

scouted; scouting
1 :to explore an area to find out information about it
2 :to search an area for someone or something
  • … they scouted around for a place to spend the night.
  • —E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

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scout

noun

Definition of scout for Students

1 :a person, group, boat, or plane that gathers information or searches an area
2 often capitalized :boy scout
3 often capitalized :girl scout


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