There are 2 definitions of scout in English:

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Pronunciation: /skaʊt
 
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noun

1A soldier or other person sent out ahead of a main force so as to gather information about the enemy’s position, strength, or movements: forward scouts reported that the enemy were massing at two points ahead [as modifier]: a scout vehicle
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  • Then, Spetnaz troops and scouts were sent ahead of the armor to eliminate RPG-armed snipers.
  • Four days had passed before Lord Light ordered his force to a halt, and sent scouts out ahead to find the disposition of the bridge.
  • Now we have sent one of the village's best scouts to gather further information, so that our village will be prepared for an attack.
Synonyms
lookout, lookout man/woman, outrider, advance guard, vanguard, spy; Frenchavant-courier
1.1 [usually in singular] An instance of gathering information, especially by reconnoitring an area: I returned from a lengthy scout round the area
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  • With a preliminary scout of the area and a sketch map, we were someway nearer as to understanding where everything was in relation to each other.
  • He fancied a scout round Victoria but I told him I preferred Wapping instead.
  • I want to have a quick scout round.
Synonyms
reconnaissance, reconnoitre; exploration, search, expedition
informal recce
British informal shufti
North American informal recon
1.2A ship or aircraft employed for reconnaissance, especially a small, fast aircraft: a single-seater scout
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  • There are thirty fighters, two scouts, ten bombers, and three long range fighters.
  • We sent a picket ship as a scout, your government destroyed half of it, and stole all the remains.
  • Of course, that suggestion had been shot down faster than a Spectral scout.
2 short for talent scout. Brock slid the ball in from 14 yards to impress watching scouts
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  • While his arm strength is considered good, Rodgers threw the ball downfield twice in the four games the scout watched.
  • Mornington were so successful that league clubs sent scouts to watch a number of the players.
  • Udrih is a good ballhandler who impressed scouts with his shooting and play off the pick-and-roll.
Synonyms
3 (also Scout) A member of the Scout Association or a similar organization: [as modifier]: a scout leader
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  • The teenager had progressed through the Cubs and Scouts to become a Venture Scout.
  • The party of local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, leaders and family members made the journey by coach.
  • Years later, I was an active member of the local Scout movement.
4 (also scout bee) A honeybee that searches for a new site for a swarm to settle or for a new food source.
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  • When a honeybee colony requires a new hive site, honeybee scouts search for a cavity of suitable location, dryness, and size.
  • A honeybee scout may advertise one site over a period of days, but she repeatedly inspects her choice.
  • During each visit to her candidate site, the scout wanders through it, approaching nest mates and touching them with her antennae.
5A domestic worker at a college at Oxford University.
6 informal , dated A man or boy: I’ve got nothing against old Adrian—he’s a good scout

verb

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1Make a search for someone or something in various places: I was sent to scout around for a place to park the camper we scouted for clues
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  • I scouted for evidence of a stuck or injured fox, but found nothing.
  • In fact, that was the Congress' Achilles heel as it scouted for more supporters.
  • The policy should simplify the funding process for film-makers who previously had to scout around for money from various departments project by project.
Synonyms
1.1(Especially of a soldier) go ahead of a main force so as to gather information about an enemy’s position, strength, or movements: outriders went scouting for small settlements to loot
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  • Quickly flicking the C stick down will activate the gadget, and it often comes in quite handy while scouting for enemy soldiers.
  • As fire burned from where the bunkers once stood, Joe's remaining troops went ahead to scout for any enemy forces left.
  • Clement halted his army and signaled for his scout to ride ahead of the army to scout for enemies ahead.
1.2 [with object] Explore or examine (a place or area of business) so as to gather information about it: American companies are keen to scout out business opportunities
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  • Wilmer found and fell in love with his studio, a former warehouse, on his first day scouting business space in Sausalito.
  • The project is now scouting summit sites in areas with large exoffender populations and plans to hold five summits by the end of 2005.
  • The airline is scouting new areas for market expansion in the region and has singled out St Lucia.
Synonyms
reconnoitre, explore, take a look at, make a reconnaissance of, inspect, investigate, spy out, survey, make a survey of; examine, scan, study, observe; see how the land lies, find out the lie of the land
informal recce, make a recce of, check out, case, case the joint
British informal take a shufti round, suss out
North American informal recon
1.3Look for suitably talented people for recruitment to one’s own organization or sports team: Butcher has been scouting for United
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  • The idea is not to scout for talented cricketers for the Indian women's team but to make women come out of their homes and play the game.
  • If Missouri loses a great prospect or two because other teams are scouting and making living-room pitches, the impact will linger.
  • That made NBA teams a little wary of him, especially teams that want to scout in China.

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb): from Old French escouter 'listen', earlier ascolter, from Latin auscultare. sense 5 of the noun (early 18th century) is of uncertain origin.

Phrases

Scout's honour

The oath taken by a Scout.
informal Used to indicate that one has the honourable standards associated with Scouts, and so will stand by a promise or tell the truth: ‘Did you mention about a job for Leslie to him?’ Veronica asked. ‘Not yet, but I will, Scout’s honour,’ Jimmy assured her
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  • ‘Okay, I won't do anything irrational,’ I said as I lifted up my hands, put up my first two fingers and folded the rest back,‘Scout's honour.’
  • I'll be there tomorrow night, Scout's honor!
  • He'll watch his mouth next time, Scout's honor.

Derivatives

scouter

noun
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  • All the stalls had such scouters who would at times even cling on to your clothes, in an attempt to lure you into buying their absolutely undesirable concoctions.
  • Most of those in the off-stage audience were handed invitations by scouters who scoped the city for folks with ‘the look’.
  • The thin circles are patrols, the thicker squares are scouters, the large ovals are divisions, and the rectangles are squadrons.

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There are 2 definitions of scout in English:

scout2

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Pronunciation: /skaʊt
 
/

verb

[with object] rare
Reject (a proposal or idea) with scorn: he scouts the claim that the aristocrats cared much for the art treasures their ancestors had bought
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  • Despite her tender letters to her guru, he sensibly scouts the idea that the two were lovers.

Origin

early 17th century: of Scandinavian origin; compare with Old Norse skúta, skúti 'a taunt'.

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