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

     

    scour

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 2scour something (out) to clean something by rubbing its surface hard with rough material I had to scour out the pans.
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin senses 2 to 3 Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schūren, from Old French escurer, from late Latin excurare ‘clean (off)’, from ex- ‘away’ + curare ‘to clean’. sense 1 late Middle English: related to obsolete scour ‘moving hastily’, of unknown origin.
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