[ skohp ]
/ skoʊp /


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)


1 See range.
2 margin, room, liberty.


scope·less, adjective

Definition for scope (2 of 2)


a combining form meaning “instrument for viewing,” used in the formation of compound words: telescope.
Compare -scopy.

Origin of -scope

< New Latin -scopium < Greek -skopion, -skopeion, equivalent to skop(eîn) to look at (akin to sképtesthai to look, view carefully; cf. skeptic) + -ion, -eion noun suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for scope (1 of 2)

/ (skəʊp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for scope (2 of 2)


n combining form

indicating an instrument for observing, viewing, or detecting microscope; stethoscope

Derived forms of -scope

-scopic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -scope

from New Latin -scopium, from Greek -skopion, from skopein to look at

Medical definitions for scope



An instrument for viewing or observing:bronchoscope.