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

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Their duties included assembling clips of practice or game action to summarize a scouting report, or a teaching point, or a strategic adjustment. Mike Finger,, "Young Spurs and Team USA assistant a valued voice for Popovich," 7 Aug. 2019 What happens next, as the scouting department takes shape and a new organizational blueprint is laid out, is anyone’s guess. Conor Orr,, "The NFL’s Five Most Combustible Teams," 9 July 2019 Padres international scouting director Chris Kemp said by phone Tuesday morning. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres add Mena, Preciado for combined $3.5M to start international period," 2 July 2019 One prominent scouting service considered him the No. 2 prospect in the 2018 class. Joe Freeman,, "Nassir Little looks to make his own legacy with Portland Trail Blazers," 24 June 2019 Given my track record with Vanderbilt and my history with JJ, and as a first-year scouting director, that was a special pick. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Miami Marlins select ‘one of the best pure hitters’ at No. 4 in MLB Draft," 3 June 2019 Cho sent some international scouting reports to the Brewers. Kaelen Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Translator for Brewers' Ji-Man Choi pulling unique double duty," 15 Mar. 2018 The White Sox promoted director of amateur scouting Nick Hostetler to special assistant to the general manager, with a particular focus on major-league scouting, the team announced Wednesday. Lamond Pope,, "Scouting director Nick Hostetler moves to a new role with the White Sox," 24 July 2019 The only way to make your apple picking, pumpkin scouting, and leaf peeping excursions even more spicetacular this season? Blair Donovan, Country Living, "40+ Fall Puns That Will Leaf Your Friends and Family Laughing All Day," 17 July 2019

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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 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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