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scanverb

uk   us   /skæn/ (-nn-)

scan verb (LOOK)

C2 [T] to look at something carefully, with the eyes or with a machine, in order to get information: She anxiously scanned the faces of the men leaving the train. Doug scanned the horizon for any sign of the boat.C1 [I + adv/prep, T] to look through a text quickly in order to find a piece of information that you want or to get a general idea of what the text contains: I scanned through the booklet but couldn't find the address. Scan the newspaper article quickly and make a note of the main points.

scan verb (MAKE PICTURE)

C1 [I or T] to use a machine to put a picture of a document into a computer, or to take a picture of the inside of something: I'll just scan the article into the computer. Volunteers' brains were scanned while they looked at the pictures. All hand luggage has to be scanned.

scan verb (POEM)

[I] specialized literature If a poem or part of a poem scans, it follows a pattern of regular beats: This line doesn't scan - it's got too many syllables.

scannoun

uk   us   /skæn/
[S] a careful or quick look through something: I gave the book a quick scan, and decided not to buy it.C2 [C] a medical examination in which an image of the inside of the body is made using a special machine: to do a brain scan to have an ultrasound scan
Translations of “scan”
in Arabic يَفحَص بِالأشعّة, يَمسَح بِالماسِح الضَوئي, يَمسَح…
in Korean 정밀 검사를 하다, (스캐너로) 스캔하다, 살펴보다…
in Malaysian menjalankan penelitian, membaca sesuatu sepintas lalu, mengimbas…
in French scruter, parcourir, balayer…
in Turkish aletle taramak, resim ve yazıları bilgisayara aktarmak için taramak, iyice incelemek…
in Italian fare un’ecografia di, controllare tramite scanner/body-scanner, fare una scansione di…
in Chinese (Traditional) 看, (用肉眼或用機器)細看,審視, 粗略地看…
in Russian сканировать, пробегать глазами, бегло осматривать…
in Polish prześwietlać, skanować, rozglądać się po…
in Vietnamese kiểm tra cẩn thận, đọc lướt, quét qua…
in Spanish examinar, escudriñar, otear…
in Portuguese escanear, perscrutar, esquadrinhar…
in Thai ตรวจอย่างถี่ถ้วน, กวาดตามอง, ตรวจด้วยเรดาร์…
in German genau prüfen, überfliegen, abtasten…
in Catalan escanejar, recórrer amb la mirada, donar una ullada a…
in Japanese (レントゲンなどで)~をスキャンする, ~をスキャンしてコンピュータに取り込む, (大勢の人などを)ざっと見渡す…
in Indonesian memeriksa, melihat sepintas, memeriksa dengan radar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 看, (用肉眼或用机器)细看,审视, 粗略地看…
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