a soldier, warship, airplane, etc., employed in reconnoitering.
a person sent out to obtain information.
a person who observes and reports on the techniques, players, etc., of opposing teams.
a person sent out by a team to observe and recommend new talent for recruitment.
a talent scout, as in the entertainment field.
an act or instance of reconnoitering, inspecting, observing, etc.
Sometimes Scout . a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.
Informal. a person: He's a good scout.
a man acting as servant to a student at Oxford University.
to find by seeking, searching, or looking (usually followed by out or up): Scout out a good book for me to read.
Other definitions for scout (2 of 2)
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How to use scout in a sentence
Especially when Sheppard is scouting overseas, he’s on the lookout for any familiar basketball bloodlines.How did Deni Avdija catch the eye of Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard? It started with his name. | Ava Wallace | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
For infectious pathogens that mutate quickly, immunologists like Crotty might scout out the proteins in a germ’s genetic makeup that don’t change and craft synthetic versions, allowing the body to track intruders even after they’ve morphed.It might not always take years to develop vaccines | Ula Chrobak | November 19, 2020 | Popular-Science
Grand, who scouts the world for opportunities, says he has found no other investment of equivalent risk that offers such impressive returns — less so one that helps the planet by improving food security and agricultural efficiency.
She sent her younger sister Olivia to scout other matches so she could track the teams.This AI whiz could be the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs, but first she has to navigate being 18 | Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
The confirmed cuts include advance scout Jim Cuthbert, minor league coaches Patrick Anderson and Billy Gardner, pro scout Colin Sabean and special front-office assistant Terry Wetzel.Nationals make front-office cuts, impacting scouting and minor league operations | Jesse Dougherty | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
They scouted a few other options but the LongHouse Reserve was the one.Philippe Petit’s Moment of Concern Walking the WTC Tightrope | Anthony Haden-Guest | August 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They scouted the streets for girls—and a few boys—to photograph and created a Tumblr to attract attention.
The latter was scouted walking the streets of London and hand-picked by stylist Julian Ganio for a GQ Style shoot.
Scouted at the ripe age of 13, football-loving Miles was just a normal student.
The films are taken in a variety of locations, all presumably scouted out and surreptitiously wired for sound and video.
Absurd—they have long ago scouted the idea of so ridiculous a compromise.
When in need of information he and Bruno generally scouted alone, and that during the night.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Instead of making for the mouth of the narrow valley we gained the end of one of its enclosing ridges and scouted along the slope.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
Leaving her behind an elm, I scouted the place and satisfied myself there had been no recent visitors there.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
The entire world is scouted to find new and sensational features and spectacles.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
British Dictionary definitions for scout (1 of 3)
a person, ship, or aircraft sent out to gain information
military a person or unit despatched to reconnoitre the position of the enemy
sport a person employed by a club to seek new players
the act or an instance of scouting
(esp at Oxford University) a college servant: Compare gyp 3
obsolete (in Britain) a patrolman of a motoring organization
informal a fellow or companion
to examine or observe (anything) in order to obtain information
(tr; sometimes foll by out or up) to seek
(intr) to act as a scout for a sports club
(intr; foll by about or around) to go in search (for)
- scouter, noun
British Dictionary definitions for scout (2 of 3)
archaic to reject (a person or thing) with contempt
British Dictionary definitions for Scout (3 of 3)
(sometimes not capital) a boy or (in some countries) a girl who is a member of a worldwide movement (the Scout Association) founded as the Boy Scouts in England in 1908 by Lord Baden-Powell with the aim of developing character and responsibility: See also Air Scout, Girl Scout, Guide, Sea Scout, Venture Scout
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Other Idioms and Phrases with scout
see good egg (scout).
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