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scan

verb [T]
 
 
/skæn/ (-nn-)
IT, COMMERCE to use a piece of electronic equipment to get information from something such as a bank card or a product's barcode: The barcode is scanned to get the price of the product.
IT to use a machine to make a copy of a document or picture and put it into a computer: He scanned the document and emailed it to the head office.
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 it is about: I scanned the article looking for details, but didn't find anything.
(Definition of scan verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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