extent or range of view, outlook, application, operation, effectiveness, etc.: an investigation of wide scope.
space for movement or activity; opportunity for operation: to give one's fancy full scope.
extent in space; a tract or area.
length: a scope of cable.
aim or purpose.
Linguistics, Logic. the range of words or elements of an expression over which a modifier or operator has control: In “old men and women,” “old” may either take “men and women” or just “men” in its scope.
(used as a short form of microscope, oscilloscope, periscope, radarscope, riflescope, telescopic sight, etc.)
Slang. to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.
scope out, Slang.
to look at or over; examine; check out: a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
to master; figure out: By the time we'd scoped out the problem, it was too late.
- scopeless, adjective
Other definitions for -scope (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “instrument for viewing,” used in the formation of compound words: telescope.
- Compare -scopy.
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How to use scope in a sentence
Special praise goes to Kudrow for the way she broadened the scope of Valerie Cherish in Season 2.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Most of the actions taken by prior presidents were more limited in size, scope and benefits.
The story of Alstory Simon has all the scope and scale, the cruel reversals, and pointless waste of proper tragedy.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project | Jacob Siegel | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We are talking a very broad scope here,” one senior committee staff member said.
I mean, most people on here are literally openly hoping for the leaks to continue and expand in scope and scale.‘The Fappening’ Perpetuators Have a J.Law Come-to-Jesus Moment and ‘Cower With Shame’ | Marlow Stern | October 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Not only do children thus of themselves extend the scope of our commands, they show a disposition to make rules for themselves.Children's Ways | James Sully
What are these numerous Acts of Parliament and what are their objects, scope, and intentions?Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
Curt as is the cable it has yet scope to show up a little more of our great K.'s outfit.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
A few words will suffice to explain the general scope of those alterations.
On reaching the front the volunteer captain soon found scope for his pencil.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for scope (1 of 2)
opportunity for exercising the faculties or abilities; capacity for action: plenty of scope for improvement
range of view, perception, or grasp; outlook
the area covered by an activity, topic, etc; range: the scope of his thesis was vast
nautical slack left in an anchor cable
logic linguistics that part of an expression that is governed by a given operator: the scope of the negation in PV– (q ∧ r) is –(q ∧ r)
archaic purpose or aim
informal to look at or examine carefully
- See also scope out
British Dictionary definitions for -scope (2 of 2)
indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detecting: microscope; stethoscope
- -scopic, adj combining form
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