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Meaning of “scope” in the English Dictionary

"scope" in British English

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scopenoun [U]

uk   /skəʊp/  us   /skoʊp/
  • scope noun [U] (RANGE)

C1 the ​range of a ​subjectcovered by a ​book, ​programme, ​discussion, ​class, etc.: I'm ​afraid that ​problem is beyond/​outside the scope of my ​lecture. Oil ​painting does not come within the scope of a ​course of this ​kind. We would now like to broaden/​widen the scope of the ​enquiry and ​look at more ​generalmatters.

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  • scope noun [U] (OPPORTUNITY)

C2 the ​opportunity for doing something: There is ​limited scope forfurtherreductions in the ​workforce.

-scopesuffix

uk   /-skəʊp/  us   /-skoʊp/
used to ​formnouns that refer to ​devices for ​looking at or ​discovering and ​measuring things: a ​microscope a ​telescope
-scopic
suffix uk   /-skɒp.ɪk/  us   /-skɑː.pɪk/
used to ​formadjectives: a ​telescopiclens
(Definition of scope from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scope" in American English

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scopenoun [U]

 us   /skoʊp/
  • scope noun [U] (RANGE)

the ​range of ​mattersconsidered or ​dealt with: We are going to ​widen the scope of the ​investigation.
  • scope noun [U] (OPPORTUNITY)

the ​opportunity for ​activity: There is ​limited scope for ​furtherreducing the ​workforce.
  • scope noun [U] (DEVICE)

infml a ​device you ​look through to ​see something that is ​difficult to ​seedirectly, such as a ​microscope or a ​telescope
(Definition of scope from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"scope" in Business English

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scopenoun [U]

uk   us   /skəʊp/
the ​range of things that an ​activity, ​company, ​law, etc. ​deals with: large/​ambitious in scopebeyond/outside the scope of sth He involved himself in affairs beyond the scope of his ​job.within the scope of sth To come within the scope of the ​law of ​confidence, the ​information does not have to be particularly ​special.
the ​opportunity for doing something: scope for (doing) sth There is scope for further ​improvement.
(Definition of scope from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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