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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There are no scouting combines for presidential candidates. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Midterms will mold Dems' 2020 field," 19 July 2018 The article inside, written by SI staffer Ben Reiter, was fun to read and made some strong points about how the Astros were combining analytics and old-fashioned scouting to produce a better team. Paul Dickson, WSJ, "‘Astroball’ Review: Lone Star Turnaround," 16 July 2018 Furyk and a few Americans took a scouting trip on the weekend before the British Open. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Furyk not ready to commit to taking Woods for Ryder Cup," 23 July 2018 Meek was in his seventh season as the Marlins’ vice president of scouting, but multiple reports after the draft said he was reassigned. Matthew Defranks,, "D.J. Svihlik named new Marlins director of amateur scouting," 27 June 2018 Gene Watson, the Royals' longtime director of pro scouting, was fond of Hinch. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch, Royals' Ned Yost reflect on shared All-Star experience," 23 June 2018 He was discovered by fellow Long Islander Sal Agostinelli, who is the Phillies’ director of international scouting and was a minor-league catcher. Matt Breen,, "How the Phillies attacked the MLB draft | Matt Breen," 7 June 2018 Instead the ball went to Brandon Weems, who is now Cleveland’s director of scouting. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Why LeBron James (Still) Trusts His Teammates," 6 June 2018 Blackout also adds quite a few features from the main multiplayer mode, including mechanical grappling hooks, deployable shields, and RC cars for remote scouting. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Black Ops 4 merges Fortnite and PUBG into the best Call of Duty in years," 19 Oct. 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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