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scout

noun [C] uk   /skaʊt/ us  

scout noun [C] (SOLDIER)

a person, especially a soldier, sent out to get information about where the enemy are and what they are doing

scout noun [C] (SEARCH)

a person employed to look for people with particular skills, especially in sport or entertainment: a talent scout Manchester United's chief scout spotted him when he was playing for his school team. a scout around/round [S] informal a quick look around a place or area, especially in order to find something: I had a quick scout around the house to check everything was okay.

scout

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] uk   /skaʊt/ us  
to go to look in various places for something you want: He's scouting about/around for somewhere better to live. She's opened an office in Connecticut to scout out (= discover information about) the east coast housing market.
(Definition of scout noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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