verb (used with object), scoped, scop·ing.
- 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.
Origin of scope
Origin of -scope
Examples from the Web for scope
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|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|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Because the federal government has become so ubiquitous and voracious, there seems to be no negotiating with its size and scope.
And no one has done more to bring us that critical and creative freedom and enlargement of scope than Remy de Gourmont.The Book of Masks|Remy de Gourmont
The scope focused first on a bulging, monster, antiquated freighter of a design that had not been built for a hundred years.The Pirates of Ersatz|Murray Leinster
The Servian Government will increase the severity and scope of its measures against the smuggling of arms and explosives.The Evidence in the Case|James M. Beck
They got his deposition, because the boy, I know, put his scope on his rifle for him.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Your request is not exactly in the scope of the reference department, but I shall be only too pleased to assist you.Martin Eden|Jack London
Word Origin for scope
n combining form
Word Origin for -scope
"extent," 1530s, "room to act," from Italian scopo "aim, purpose, object, thing aimed at, mark, target," from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos "aim, target, watcher," from PIE *spek- "to observe" (cf. Sanskrit spasati "sees;" Avestan spasyeiti "spies;" Greek skopein "behold, look, consider," skeptesthai "to look at;" Latin specere "to look at;" Old High German spehhon "to spy," German spähen "to spy"). Sense of "distance the mind can reach, extent of view" first recorded c.1600.
"instrument for viewing," 1872, abstracted from telescope, microscope, etc., from Greek skopein "to look" (see scope (n.1)). Earlier used as a shortening of horoscope (c.1600).
"to view," 1807, from the source of scope (n.2). Related: Scoped; scoping.
word-forming element indicating "an instrument for seeing," from Late Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein "to look at, examine" (see scope (n.1)).