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Definition of scope verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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scope

verb
/skoʊp/ scope pronunciation American
 
1 scope something (informal) to look at or examine something thoroughlyHis eyes scoped the room, trying to spot her in the crowd.2 scope something (out) to examine something carefully before you start work on it so that you know the size of the taskThe information helped us scope the project.They had already scoped out project needs and costs.PHRASAL VERB

scope something out

to look at something carefully in order to see what it is likescope out