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scout

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verb \ˈskau̇t\

Definition of scout

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to explore an area to obtain information (as about an enemy)

  3. 2a :  to make a searchb :  to work as a talent scout

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to observe in order to obtain information or evaluate

  6. 2 :  to explore in order to obtain information

  7. 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. 1a :  one sent to obtain information; especially :  a soldier, ship, or plane sent out in war to reconnoiterb :  watchman, lookoutc :  talent scout

  2. 2a :  the act of scoutingb :  a scouting expedition :  reconnaissance

  3. 3 often capitalized :  a member of any of various scouting movements: such asa :  boy scoutb :  girl scout

  4. 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  mock

  3. 2 :  to reject scornfully scouted his explanation as a shabby falsehood — Mark Twain

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  scoff

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

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verb \ˈskau̇t\

Definition of scout for Students

scouted

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scouting

  1. 1 :  to explore an area to find out information about it

  2. 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

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noun

Definition of scout for Students

  1. 1 :  a person, group, boat, or plane that gathers information or searches an area

  2. 2 often cap :  boy scout

  3. 3 often cap :  girl scout



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