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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Gilbert, still visibly disappointed last month by the decision, said Amazon did not even do a formal scouting trip here. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 After a scouting trip to southeastern Russia, the 28-year-old Coyotes president of hockey operations and general manager arrived in Toronto on Tuesday night to prepare for Saturday's NHL draft lottery. Richard Morin, azcentral, "NHL draft lottery preview: Arizona Coyotes weighing options and gathering information," 25 Apr. 2018 He's worked in virtually every capacity in pro and college scouting. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "New Texans GM Brian Gaine feels well-prepared for first draft," 20 Apr. 2018 He was brought to European football by FC Basel, of Switzerland, after a scouting process that included an exhibition match against Egypt’s under-23 international team. Andi Thomas, Vox, "Soccer star Mo Salah’s massive popularity is changing perceptions of Muslims in the UK," 15 June 2018 The power of more data Professional baseball, basketball and hockey are among the sports now using AI to supplement traditional coaching and scouting. NBC News, "How AI is helping sports teams scout star players," 13 June 2018 For most of his tenure at Maryland, Clark also prepped the scout team to get the starters and other rotation players ready for opponents, and was heavily involved writing up the scouting reports. Don Markus,, "Maryland men's basketball assistant Dustin Clark leaving to go into family business," 4 June 2018 Last October, the Boy Scouts opened the scouting program to girls, both a reflection of growing progressive attitudes as well as a business decision. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Mormon church to end 105-year relationship with the Boy Scouts," 9 May 2018 Chargers coach Anthony Lynn, a former running backs coach and an ex-NFL running back, offered a five-word scouting report for running back Melvin Gordon earlier this offseason. Dan Woike,, "It's likely the Chargers will address lack of depth at running back in NFL draft," 19 Apr. 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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