- 1scour something (for somebody/something) to search a place or thing thoroughly in order to find somebody/something synonym comb We scoured the area for somewhere to pitch our tent. He had been scouring the papers for weeks, looking for a job.
- 2scour something (out) to clean something by rubbing its surface hard with rough material I had to scour out the pans.
- 3scour something (away/out) | scour something (from/out of something) to make a passage, hole, or mark in the ground, rocks, etc. as the result of movement, especially over a long period The water had raced down the slope and scoured out the bed of a stream. We could see where the cart wheels had scoured the ground. Word Origin senses 2 to 3 Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schūren, from Old French escurer, from late Latin excurare
BrE BrE//ˈskaʊə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scour
BrE BrE//ˈskaʊə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊər//he / she / it scours
BrE BrE//ˈskaʊəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊərz//past simple scoured
BrE BrE//ˈskaʊəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊərd//past participle scoured
BrE BrE//ˈskaʊəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊərd//-ing form scouring
BrE BrE//ˈskaʊərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊərɪŋ//