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

      

    scope

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//skəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skoʊp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scope
    BrE BrE//skəʊp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skoʊp//
     
    he / she / it scopes
    BrE BrE//skəʊps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skoʊps//
     
    past simple scoped
    BrE BrE//skəʊpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skoʊpt//
     
    past participle scoped
    BrE BrE//skəʊpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//skoʊpt//
     
    -ing form scoping
    BrE BrE//ˈskəʊpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskoʊpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1scope something (informal) to look at or examine something thoroughly His eyes scoped the room, trying to spot her in the crowd.
  2. 2scope something (out) to examine something carefully before you start work on it so that you know the size of the task The information helped us scope the project. They had already scoped out project needs and costs.
  3. Word Originverb early 17th cent. from modern Latin -scopium, from Greek skopein ‘look at’. The verb dates from the 1970s. Phrasal Verbsscope somethingout
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