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Definition of scope noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the opportunity or ability to do or achieve something synonym potential scope (for something) There's still plenty of scope for improvement. Her job offers very little scope for promotion. scope (for somebody) (to do something) The extra money will give us the scope to improve our facilities. First try to do something that is within your scope.
  2. 2the range of things that a subject, an organization, an activity, etc. deals with Our powers are limited in scope. This subject lies beyond the scope of our investigation. The police are broadening the scope of their investigation. These issues were outside the scope of the article.
  3. 3-scope (in nouns) an instrument for looking through or watching something with microscope telescope
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: scope

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