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 Location scouting took Caro and her team to the Goblin Forest of Taranaki and Flock Hill in Canterbury, among other spots. Olivia Harrison,, "All The Breathtaking Locations Featured In Disney’s Live-Action Mulan," 7 Sep. 2020 According to the production company, on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 2, a crew member scouting locations for the movie was injured by agents of the Dominican Drug Control Forces (DDCF). Rachel Yang,, "Crew member on Andrea Riseborough film injured by Dominican drug enforcement, production halted," 7 Sep. 2020 The team identified him from South American scouting trips in years past. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Through pandemic and complicated twists, 'Bebelo' chose Minnesota United in record transfer deal," 4 Sep. 2020 Furloughs and cuts to departments: The Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are three teams that have made cuts to their scouting and player development departments. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Could Detroit Tigers' Spencer Torkelson debut in 2020? Al Avila breaks down his roster," 29 Aug. 2020 The girls belong to Plast National Scout Organization of Ukraine, a co-ed scouting organization formed in 1911 in Ukraine. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Local teenagers celebrate their heritage with Ukrainian seniors: Talk of the Towns," 28 Aug. 2020 In a normal year, scouting would be ongoing in the background, with SDSU coaches scouring the southwestern part of the country for future Aztecs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs up to 16 football commitments for Class of 2021," 26 Aug. 2020 The Miami Dolphins, often praised for hiring diverse candidates to significant positions, have hired two women to join their scouting department. Safid Deen,, "Miami Dolphins add two women to scouting department," 18 Aug. 2020 There’s another important fact to keep in mind regarding having a buddy (or buddies) tag along on your pre-season scouting trips. Greg Miller, Outdoor Life, "The 5 Best Ways to Scout a Mature Buck," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of scouting

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Sep 2020

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“Scouting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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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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