scout·​ing | \ ˈskau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce scouting (audio) \

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

Examples of scouting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the suit, the Dodgers downsized their professional scouting department for the 2021 season and, in so doing, declined to renew the contracts of the four oldest members of the department. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Location scouting is currently underway for 1,500 acres of land in the Southwest, with plans to eventually expand to 150,000 acres. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 3 Sep. 2021 These provided long-range scouting capability, allowing the Marker to see into inaccessible places, especially in an urban environment. David Hambling, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Before earning their new gigs, Menzin had served as the director of baseball operations and professional scouting for the past four seasons; Sartori had spent the past six seasons as the team's senior director of baseball analytics and operations. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2021 League officials canceled the annual scouting combine last February, but in April, the NFL once again hosted the draft as a live event featuring the top prospects and fans. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 The Ingenuity helicopter recently conducted some aerial scouting of this area during its 12th flight on August 16. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 27 Aug. 2021 All proceeds will benefit and support the activities of the nearly 250 Hungarian boy and girl scouts who are celebrating 70 years of Hungarian scouting in Northeast Ohio. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 24 Aug. 2021 But the farm system was thin, the team had essentially abandoned international scouting, and rivals had lapped the Orioles in the use of data. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of scouting

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scouting was in 1590

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“Scouting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of scouting

: the activities of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups


scout·​ing | \ ˈskau̇-tiŋ How to pronounce scouting (audio) \

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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