scout·​ing | \ˈskau̇-tiŋ \

Definition of scouting 

1 : the action of one that scouts

2 often capitalized : the activities of various national and worldwide organizations for youth directed to developing character, citizenship, and individual skills

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Cubs President Theo Epstein praised his pro scouting department earlier this month for identifying and helping acquire pitchers Randy Rosario, Justin Hancock, Luke Farrell, Cory Mazzoni and Anthony Bass to supplement the major-league club. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs prospect Dillon Maples pitching his way into promotion picture," 22 June 2018 The Detroit Lions have added long-time NFL executive Jimmy Raye III to their scouting department. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions hire Jimmy Raye III as senior personnel executive," 19 June 2018 Goldstein would join the scouting department of the Astros, whose youth movement powered their drive to the franchise’s World Series title last year. Tom Krasovic,, "Revisiting a Padres' draft-and-farm hype train," 11 June 2018 General manager Jon Daniels told his scouting department that Heimlich was off limits even though the Rangers could acquire a premium talent at a bargain price. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Should Rangers draft NCAA ace who admitted to molesting child at age 15?," 6 June 2018 No doubt his pro scouting staff is thrilled to have seven first-round picks over the next three drafts, with the potential for an eighth if Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup in 2018 or 2019. Alex Prewitt,, "What Deadline Deals Mean for the Stanley Cup Chase," 27 Feb. 2018 Cowboys president Tex Schramm would then rent out the entire upstairs of the motel on the days the Cowboys practiced to prevent any opponent from advanced scouting. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Want to spy on America's Team? The Cowboys make it easy," 30 May 2018 To be sure, the Padres’ research and development staff retains a large role in mapping the scouting department’s itinerary before the draft, each one unique in the makeup of the player pool. Jeff Sanders,, "When it comes to the draft, Padres working from a 'different playbook'," 24 May 2018 O’Daniel, 6-1, 220, is listed as an inside linebacker on the Senior Bowl roster, but some scouting services project him to play on the outside. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "This intriguing linebacker prospect is a game-changer. Just ask the Miami Hurricanes," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of scouting

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of scouting

: the activities of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups


scout·​ing | \ˈskau̇-tiŋ \

Kids Definition of scouting

1 : the activity of gathering information or searching an area

2 often capitalized : the general activities of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups

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obstinately defiant of authority

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