Definition of scope noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    scope

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//skəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skoʊp//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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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
  4. Word Originnoun senses 1 to 2 mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘target for shooting at’): from Italian scopo ‘aim’, from Greek skopos ‘target’, from skeptesthai ‘look out’. noun sense 3 early 17th cent. from modern Latin -scopium, from Greek skopein ‘look at’. The verb dates from the 1970s.Extra examples The geographical scope of product markets has widened since the war. The scope of the exhibition is disappointingly narrow. The sheer scope of the project was impressive. The subject lies outside the scope of this book. The survey is too limited in (its) scope. There is limited scope for creativity in my job. These courses give students more scope for developing their own ideas. These criteria were used to determine the scope of the curriculum. These disputes fall within the scope of the local courts. This is a novel of epic scope and grand passions. the proper scope of the criminal law First try to do something that is within your scope. Her job offers very little scope for creativity. Our powers are limited in scope. There’s still plenty of scope for improvement.
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