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scour

verb [T] uk   /skaʊər/ us    /skaʊ.ɚ/

scour verb [T] (CLEAN)

(also scour out) to remove dirt from something by rubbing it hard with something rough: You'll have to scour out those old cooking pots before you use them.

scour verb [T] (SEARCH)

to search a place or thing very carefully in order to try to find something: The police are scouring the countryside for the missing child. I scoured the shops for a blue and white shirt, but I couldn't find one anywhere.
scour
noun [S] uk   us  
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of scour from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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