scout

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 'scout', 'Scout': [ˈskaʊt]



WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
scout1 /skaʊt/USA pronunciation   n. 
n. [countable]
  1. a soldier, airplane, etc., sent out to get information about the enemy, such as troop numbers, etc.
  2. a person sent out to obtain information.
  3. a person sent out to discover new talent, as in sports or entertainment.
  4. [sometimes: Scout] a member of the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.

v. 
  1. to act as a scout: [no object]The soldiers went out to scout around.[+ object]The coach scouted the opposing team and noticed a weakness in their defense.
  2. to make a search;
    hunt:[no object]scouting around for a good restaurant.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
scout1  (skout),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.
  2. a person sent out to obtain information.
  3. Sport
    • a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams.
    • a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment.
  4. a talent scout, as in the entertainment field.
  5. an act or instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc.
  6. (sometimes cap.) a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
  7. Informal Termsa person:He's a good scout.
  8. British Termsa man acting as servant to a student at Oxford University.

v.i. 
  1. to act as a scout;
    reconnoiter.
  2. to make a search;
    hunt.
  3. to work as a talent scout.

v.t. 
  1. to examine, inspect, or observe for the purpose of obtaining information;
    reconnoiter:to scout the enemy's defenses.
  2. to seek;
    search for (usually fol. by out or up):to scout up a date for Friday night.
  3. to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually fol. by out or up):Scout out a good book for me to read.
  • Middle French escoute, derivative of escouter
  • Late Latin ascultāre, Latin auscultāre to listen; see auscultate; (noun, nominal)
  • Old French escouter, escolter, ascolter (French écouter to listen)
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English skowten 1300–50

scout2  (skout),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to treat with scorn;
    dismiss.
  2. to make fun of;
    deride;
    mock.

v.i. 
  1. to scoff;
    jeer.
[1595–1605;
perh. ON skūta, skūt abuse, angry words. See shout]


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

scout /skaʊt/ n
  1. a person, ship, or aircraft sent out to gain information
  2. a person or unit despatched to reconnoitre the position of the enemy
  3. the act or an instance of scouting
  4. (esp at Oxford University) a college servant
  5. informal a fellow or companion
vb
  1. to examine or observe (anything) in order to obtain information
  2. (tr; sometimes followed by out or up) to seek
  3. (intr; followed by about or around) to go in search (for)
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French ascouter to listen to, from Latin auscultāre to auscultate

ˈscouter n
scout /skaʊt/ vb
  1. archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
Etymology: 17th Century: from Old Norse skūta derision



Scout /skaʊt/ n
  1. (sometimes not capital) a boy or (in some countries) a girl who is a member of a worldwide movement (the Scout Association) founded as the Boy Scouts in England in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing character and responsibility



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