Scopes

[ skohps ]
/ skoʊps /

noun

John Thomas,1901–70, U.S. high-school teacher whose teaching of the Darwinian theory of evolution became a cause célèbre (Scopes Trial or Monkey Trial) in 1925.

scope

[ skohp ]
/ skoʊp /

noun

verb (used with object), scoped, scop·ing.

Slang. to look at, read, or investigate, as in order to evaluate or appreciate.

Verb Phrases

scope out, Slang.
  1. to look at or over; examine; check out: a rock musician scoping out the audience before going on stage.
  2. to master; figure out: By the time we'd scoped out the problem, it was too late.

Origin of scope

1525–35; < Italian scopo < Greek skopós aim, mark to shoot at; akin to skopeîn to look at (see -scope)

SYNONYMS FOR scope
1. See range. 2. margin, room, liberty.

Related formsscope·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for scopes

scope

/ (skəʊp) /

noun

verb (tr)

informal to look at or examine carefully
See also scope out

Word Origin for scope

C16: from Italian scopo goal, from Latin scopus, from Greek skopos target; related to Greek skopein to watch

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