Definition of scout verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    scout

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skaʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skaʊt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scout
    BrE BrE//skaʊt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skaʊt//
     
    he / she / it scouts
    BrE BrE//skaʊts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skaʊts//
     
    past simple scouted
    BrE BrE//ˈskaʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊtɪd//
     
    past participle scouted
    BrE BrE//ˈskaʊtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊtɪd//
     
    -ing form scouting
    BrE BrE//ˈskaʊtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskaʊtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to search an area or various areas in order to find or discover something scout something (for somebody/something) They scouted the area for somewhere to stay the night. scout (around) (for somebody/something) The kids were scouting around for wood for the fire. a military scouting party
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] scout (somebody) to look for sports players, actors, musicians, etc. who have special ability, so you can offer them work He scouts for Manchester United.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): from Old French escouter ‘listen’, earlier ascolter, from Latin auscultare. Phrasal Verbsscout somethingout
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