scouting

noun scout·ing \ ˈskau̇-tiŋ \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

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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First Known Use of scouting

1590

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SCOUTING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of scouting for English Language Learners

  • : the activities of Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups


SCOUTING Defined for Kids

scouting

noun scout·ing \ ˈskau̇-tiŋ \

Definition of scouting for Students

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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