Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “scan”

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)
Focus on the pronunciation of scan

More Business English definitions for “scan”

Definitions of “scan” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More