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Meaning of “scout” in the English Dictionary

"scout" in British English

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scoutnoun [C]

uk   us   /skaʊt/
  • 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 ​personemployed to ​look for ​people with ​particularskills, ​especially in ​sport or ​entertainment: a talent/​modelling scout Manchester United's ​chief scout ​spotted him when he was ​playing for his ​schoolteam.a scout around [S] informal (UK also a scout round) a ​quicklook around a ​place or ​area, ​especially in ​order to ​find something: I had aquick scout around the ​house to ​check everything was ​okay.

scoutverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /skaʊt/

Scoutnoun [C]

uk   us   /skaʊt/
a ​boy or ​girl who is a ​member of the Scouts: a ​group of Scouts a new Scout ​leader/​troopthe Scouts [plural] UK (US the Boy/Girl Scouts) an ​internationalorganization that ​encouragesyoungpeople of all ​ages to take ​part in ​activitiesoutside and to ​becomeresponsible and ​independent
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(Definition of scout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scout" in American English

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scoutnoun [C]

 us   /skɑʊt/
  • scout noun [C] (BOY/GIRL)

a ​Boy Scout or ​Girl Scout
  • scout noun [C] (PERSON WHO SEARCHES)

someone whose ​job is to ​look for ​people with ​particularskills, esp. in ​sports or ​entertainment A scout is also a ​person, esp. a ​soldier, ​sent out to get ​information about the ​enemy.

scoutverb [I/T]

 us   /skɑʊt/
  • scout verb [I/T] (SEARCH)

to go to ​look in ​variousplaces for something you ​want or to ​check for ​possibledanger: [I] Retired ​folks were scouting for ​homes in Florida. [I] When not ​travelingworldwide to scout out ​ideas, they ​visit with ​theirdaughter Sarah. In ​sports, to scout is to have the ​job of ​trying to ​findyoungplayers with the ​ability to ​play the ​sport well: [I] I scouted for the Angels ​baseballteam for about 15 ​years.
(Definition of scout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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