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Meaning of “scan” - Learner’s Dictionary

scan

verb [T]     /skæn/ ( present participle scanning, past tense and past participle scanned)
EXAMINE to examine something with a machine that can see inside an object or body: Airports use X-ray machines to scan luggage for weapons.Medical examinationAnalysing and evaluatingAssessing and estimating value
COMPUTER to use a piece of equipment that copies words or pictures from paper into a computer: to scan photos into a computerComputer concepts
LOOK to look around an area quickly to try to find a person or thing: She scanned the crowd for a familiar face.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
READ ( also scan through) to quickly read a piece of writing to understand the main meaning or to find a particular piece of information: I scanned the travel brochures looking for a cheap holiday.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptiveReading
Translations of “scan”
in Arabic يَفحَص بِالأشعّة, يَمسَح بِالماسِح الضَوئي, يَمسَح…
in Korean 정밀 검사를 하다, (스캐너로) 스캔하다, 살펴보다…
in Malaysian menjalankan penelitian, membaca sesuatu sepintas lalu, mengimbas…
in French scruter, parcourir, balayer…
in Turkish aletle taramak, resim ve yazıları bilgisayara aktarmak için taramak, iyice incelemek…
in Italian fare un’ecografia di, controllare tramite scanner/body-scanner, fare una scansione di…
in Chinese (Traditional) 看, (用肉眼或用機器)細看,審視, 粗略地看…
in Russian сканировать, пробегать глазами, бегло осматривать…
in Polish prześwietlać, skanować, rozglądać się po…
in Vietnamese kiểm tra cẩn thận, đọc lướt, quét qua…
in Spanish examinar, escudriñar, otear…
in Portuguese escanear, perscrutar, esquadrinhar…
in Thai ตรวจอย่างถี่ถ้วน, กวาดตามอง, ตรวจด้วยเรดาร์…
in German genau prüfen, überfliegen, abtasten…
in Catalan escanejar, recórrer amb la mirada, donar una ullada a…
in Japanese (レントゲンなどで)~をスキャンする, ~をスキャンしてコンピュータに取り込む, (大勢の人などを)ざっと見渡す…
in Indonesian memeriksa, melihat sepintas, memeriksa dengan radar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 看, (用肉眼或用机器)细看,审视, 粗略地看…
(Definition of scan verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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